Cardiff City secure defender Bruno Ecuele Manga on three-year contract

Cardiff snap up Gabon international
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Bruno Ecuele Manga joins Championship side Cardiff City on a three-year contract, leaving Lorient for an undisclosed fee.

Gabon international defender Bruno Ecuele Manga has signed for Cardiff City from Lorient for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old, who was linked with a move to Premier League side Southampton this summer, signs a three-year contract at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"We've been waiting for this signing – Bruno is someone we've watched for a long time now," Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website.

"We faced stiff competition for his signing, but managed to get the deal done. We're delighted. I said we would only add more before the window shut if something spectacular came up for us. It did and Bruno will be a terrific addition to our squad.

"Bruno will bring pace, international experience, energy and enthusiasm. He is a centre-back who plays the ball forward, looks up and can put us on the counter-attack."

It is believed that the deal will be Cardiff's last piece of business before the transfer window shuts.

Lorient's Gabonese defender Bruno Ecuele Manga celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lorient and Bastia on March 1, 2014
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