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Fulham have confirmed the double signing of Jean Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand from Nice.

The 26-year-old Seri who had been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Napoli and Sevilla this summer instead opted to join the Cottagers on a four-year deal ahead of their return to the Premier League.

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The Ivory Coast international has signed a contract until 2022 at Craven Cottage, with the club holding an option to extend his deal by a further year.

“It was a long day yesterday so it was great to get the move finalised,” Seri told Fulham’s website.

“Now, I’m ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the head coach and his staff better.

“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new adventure that starts for me and I’m hoping it will all go well.”

Fulham vice chairman Tony Khan added: “Jean Michael arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time.

“So, this is a big day for everyone associated with Fulham and working at Motspur Park, and I trust all Fulham supporters are collectively as thrilled and ecstatic as we are that Jean Michael will be joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League.”

Le Marchand has also joined the Cottagers as part of the combined deal which could be worth in excess of £30m, according to Sky sources.

“I’m very happy to sign for Fulham, this is a big club that’s very popular,” said the 28-year-old defender.

“I’m also happy to have joined up with a good friend, Jean Michael Seri. I know that there is a lot of hard work ahead and I hope to bring my very best to this team.”