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Fulham beat rivals to Seri signing from Nice

Jean-Michael Seri has been highly coveted by top clubs across Europe this summer. Credit: PA

Fulham have announced the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from French side Nice.

The 26-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the Cottagers, subject to international clearance and a work permit.

"It was great to get the move finalised," Seri told Fulham's official website.

"Now, I'm ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the head coach and his staff better."

The midfielder's contract runs until June 2022, with the Cottagers holding an option of a 12-month extension.

Fulham said they beat a "host of top European sides" to signing Seri, who was reportedly coveted by neighbours Chelsea, among others.

Seri added: "I'm delighted to be here, it's a new adventure that starts for me and I'm hoping it will all go well."

Fulham director of football Tony Khan said: "Jean-Michael arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time.

"So, this is a big day for everyone associated with Fulham and working at Motspur Park, and I trust all Fulham supporters are collectively as thrilled and ecstatic as we are that Jean-Michael will be joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League!"

Seri began his career playing domestic football in the Ivory Coast, before a loan spell with Porto's B team and a subsequent spell with Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal's Primeira Liga.

Impressing in two seasons with Pacos de Ferreira, he then signed for Nice and enhanced his reputation.

One of his 12 goals for Nice was the back-heel which knocked out Ajax and took the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League.

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Bastille Day lorry attacker had help, say police

People leave tributes to the dead and wounded after the attack Credit: Reuters

The terrorist who drove a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice had plotted the deadly attack for months and was aided by at least one accomplice, police in Paris said today.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said information from driver Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel's phone showed searches and photographs indicating he had been studying for a possible attack since 2015.

Five suspects are also facing preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly helping Bouhlel, his office added.

The investigation underway since the night of July 14 has progressed and not only confirmed the murderous premeditated nature of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel's act but also established that he benefited from support and complicity.

– Francois Molins

The claims contradict previous reports that Bouhlel was self-radicalised very quickly.

He was shot dead by police as he attempted to exit his lorry armed with a gun after killing 84 people and wounding many others.

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Nice attacker 'had only recently been radicalised'

Police who have been searching through Nice lorry attacker Mohamed Lahouiaej Bouhlel's background say they discovered he had only recently been radicalised.

In the run-up to the attack he had been searching the internet for material about radical Islamist movements.

ITV News Security Editor Rohit Kachroo reports from Nice:

French vent their anger at PM following Nice attack

The people of France have vented their anger at a government they accuse of failing to protect them against terrorism.

The country's prime minister was booed as he attended a memorial service for the victims of the Nice attack, with shouts of "murderer" and calls for him to resign.

Eighty-four people have died following Thursday's attack, the third major atrocity in France in just 18 months.

ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

Bouhlel 'took selfies on promenade' hours before attack

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was driving the lorry that killed 84 people. Credit: Reuters

The Nice attacker took selfies on the promenade hours before mowing down 84 people with a lorry on Bastille Day, prosecutors have revealed.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that on the day of the attack, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel appeared to have spent much of the day on the Promenade des Anglais, taking selfies on the beach and the walkway.

It was also revealed that around eight months ago he took a picture of a news story headlined "Man deliberately rams car into cafe terrace", seemingly the first sign he was planning something.

Around the same time, Bouhlel showed a friend a video of a hostage being decapitated.

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