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Lille have signed forward Jonathan David from Gent for a reported fee of €30M to boost their striking options after losing Victor Osimhen to Napoli.

David has signed a five-year deal with the French side.

Osimhen scored 13 league goals foe Lille in the 2019-20 season and top European clubs were hunting for his signature. He ended up joining Serie A side Napoli at the end of July in a deal that could eventually be worth €54M.

David made his debut for Gent in 2018 and went on to score 37 goals in 83 matches for the Belgian side in all competitions.

The 20-year-old Canadian will wear the number 9 shirt at Lille, who will compete in next season’s UEFA Europa League after they finished fourth in Ligue 1.

Jonathan David will wear the number 9 shirt at Lille. PHOTO/ www.losc.fr

He has also scored 11 goals in 12 senior appearances for Canada.

David told the Lille’s official website” I am very happy. I have looked forward to this day a lot, and it is a pleasure to be a Mastiff today.

 I know the project set up at LOSC by the President, Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier. There is a very good team with good players. I want to play and improve, and I think this is the perfect place. 

‘’I am a player who knows how to place himself on the pitch. I like to play with my qualities: technique and speed in particular. I can’t wait to meet the supporters.’’

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