Arles-Avignon to sign French striker on loan from FC Sion


It’s safe to say that AC Arles-Avignon, currently bottom of Ligue 2, have endured a complicated start to season, but Friday night’s one-nil victory over AS Nancy handed Victor Zvunka’s side an impressive and unexpected three points.

It now appears that more good news will follow Friday’s night’s win, with L’Équipe today reporting that ACA are close to strengthening their attacking options with the signature of Fousseyni Cissé on loan from Swiss side FC Sion until the end of the season. The deal is expected to be completed today.

Paris-born Cissé began his career as youth development player with Olympique Noisy-Le-Sec, a club based to the north of his native city. He was then signed by FC Le Mans in 2009, before sealing a transfer to FC Sion in 2013. However, the 25-year-old has found it difficult to break into Sion’s first-team since arriving in Switzerland. He has made just two Super League starts this season, playing most of his football for FC Sion’s B team in the Swiss third Division.

At 6ft5, Cissé, who is primarily left-footed, could be an ideal target-man for Zvunka’s side and he may well play an influential role in Arles-Avignon’s fight against relegation to the National. His signature until the end of the season could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for Ligue 2’s lanterne rouge.

ACA will travel to Franche-Comté on Friday take on Sochaux at the Stade Auguste-Bonal.

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