Bonnart joins French champions Lille

PARIS - Former Monaco defender Laurent Bonnart has signed for Lille on a two-year deal, the French champions said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old former Olympique Marseille man has left Monaco following their top-flight relegation and is set to replace Brazilian Emerson, who is poised to join Benfica.

Lille have brought in several new faces including Saint-Etienne's France midfielder Dimitri Payet since their surprise league and cup double but have lost forward Gervinho to Arsenal.