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Peterborough United and MK Dons both swoop for new midfielders

Ousseynou Cissé (left) and Michael Doughty (right) have moved to MK Dons and Peterborough United respectively. Credit: PA

Peterborough United and MK Dons have both added to their options ahead of the upcoming League One season with the signings of two new midfielders.

Posh have brought in QPR's Michael Doughty for an undisclosed fee, while the Dons have agreed a deal with Malian international Ousseynou Cissé.

Doughty, 24, has penned a three-year contract at the ABAX Stadium and is already targeting promotion in 2017/18.

Doughty played in The Championship for QPR last season. Credit: PA

I had a chat with the manager and knew that this was the place for me. I know what this club is all about having played against Peterborough for a number of other clubs. On a personal level, I enjoy playing at the ABAX Stadium and I can’t wait to get started. It was important to get things sorted early, both for me and I think the manager.

I have experience of playing in this league and it can be a gruelling league. However, teams have shown, like Fleetwood, that you don’t need to be the biggest club in the division to have success.

I like the way the team play and that suits my game, but the biggest thing for me is winning, I hate losing, you only have to ask my girlfriend that!

– Michael Doughty, Peterborough United

Defensive midfielder Cissé joins the Dons from French side Tours FC where he played 25 games in Ligue 2 last season.

His contract will run for the next two years, and manager Robbie Neilson is confident he will be a good addition.

Cissé will add power to the MK Dons midfield. Credit: PA

“We’ve got a good contact out in France that recommended him and we’ve watched quite a lot of him. We went over to France to have a chat and he decided he wanted to come here," he said.

“He’ll bring physicality and strength to the middle of the pitch. He can play centre midfield, defensive midfield and left-sided centre-half as well so he gives us a lot of options.

“It will take him a little bit of time to get used to the hectic nature of British football because it’s 100 miles per hour but he’s got great physicality and a great left-foot. He’s also got great pedigree having played at good levels before in France, Spain and Belgium.”

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