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Striker Carew completes Lyon move

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Carew (left) shows off his new jersey after joining Lyon from Besiktas

LYON, France -- Norway international striker John Carew has joined French champions Lyon on a four-year deal from Besiktas for a fee of 7.65 million euros ($9.24 million).

"It's a great news since the club's priority was to recruit a forward. He is experienced and there is no doubt he will be a plus for Lyon," said club president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Lyon wanted an experienced striker to strengthen their attack in an attempt to improve their Champions League record.

They have failed to go beyond the quarter-finals for the last two seasons.

"We were looking for a powerful and pacy striker to have more options up front, especially in the European competitions where it gets usually more physical," said coach Gerard Houllier.

The four-times champions have also targeted Morocco and Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh and Auxerre's Zimbabwean forward Benjani Mwaruwari.

Carew, 25, joined Turkish side Besiktas last season after a year with Roma.

He played for Valencia from 2000 to 2003, scoring 20 goals in 84 Primera Liga games before going on loan to Roma.

Since Houllier took over as coach from Paul Le Guen last month, Lyon have also signed France midfielder Benoit Pedretti from Marseille and Sochaux defender Sylvain Monsoreau.

They also expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Milan Baros but the Czech said he was not interested in leaving the European champions.

Meanwhile, Lyon have again said that highly-rated Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien is staying at the club.

Several top clubs, including Chelsea, have been linked with the player but Aulas said: "He will play for us again this season - there is no doubt about that."

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