Basa joins French champions Lille

LILLE - Montenegro defender Marko Basa has joined Lille on a four-year deal from Lokomotiv Moscow, the French champions said on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who was at Le Mans from 2005-08 and played under Rudi Garcia, will join up with his former manager.

"I join an ambitious club and I'm happy to be reunited with Rudi Garcia, a coach who helped me improve a lot," Basa said in a statement.

Lille had been looking for a centre-back since France defender Adil Rami left for Valencia at the end of the season.