Lille has signed Troyes fullback
Sidibe, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on Sunday, has signed a five-year contract as Lille seeks a long-term replacement for Mathieu Debuchy, who has stated his wish to leave the club after being linked with Newcastle United.
Sidibe told his new club's website: "I'm very happy to join Lille, who are one of the biggest teams in
"The ambition and the project of the club, but also the style of play developed by
"Lille are an attacking team and I like the coach's philosophy.
"Even though I am a defender above all and my main role is to defend well, I am glad to be able to get forward when the opportunity presents itself."
Though Lille is prepared to allow Debuchy to move on once it has a replacement in place, it has previously been reported that the signing of Sidibe, who has no top-flight experience to date in his career, would not be sufficient to free up the
"It's obviously a big step in my career," Sidibe said. "Up to now, I have only played in Ligue 2 with Troyes.
"I have had unforgettable moments with the club but with Lille, I will get to play in Ligue 1 and in
"The bar is high but the challenge is terribly exciting."
Promising striker Tomi Juric has been lured to Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal as coach Tony Popovic sets about tweaking his Premiers’ Plate winning side for next season.