Borussia Mönchengladbach have completed the signing of 25-year-old French striker Alassane Plea from Nice.

Plea, who scored 16 goals in 35 Ligue 1 appearances in France last season and has netted 44 goals in 135 matches in all competitions since joining Nice from Lyon in 2014, has penned a five-year deal.

"We're delighted that this transfer has gone through and that our efforts to beat off a number of prestigious other clubs have been rewarded," said Gladbach's sporting director Max Eberl. "Alassane desperately wanted to come to Borussia. He's a versatile, fast and intelligent forward who has already underlined his qualities in Ligue 1 and in the Europa League."

The former France U21 international will be playing outside of his home country for the first time, becoming the latest in a long line of talented French players to make their mark on the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich duo Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, the latter having played alongside Plea in the Lyon youth academy, Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart) and Jean-Kevin Augustin, Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig) have all moved to Germany in recent years.

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