Ola Toivonen completes Rennes switch

[one_fourth last=”no”]File:Stade Rennais FC.svg[/one_fourth]Ola Toivonen has completed a transfer from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven to French club Rennes, signing a 3 and a half year contract with the Ligue 1 club. It’s a statement of intention from the Brittany based side and they have splashed out a fee of around €2.5m for the strikers signature.

His contract was due to expire in the summer and Toivonen had previously announced his intention not to sign a contract extension with the Rood-witten towards the end of last season.  Ligue 1 club Rennes announced the signing on their official website and PSV technical director Marcel Brands also confirmed the deal on PSV’s website.

The Swedish international struggled with injuries a lot last season, restricting him to just 17 appearances with PSV but he still managed to bag 8 goals. This season he has only started 6 games in the Eredivisie with manager Phillip Cocu preferring Memphis Depay and Jürgen Locadia up front,  Bryan Ruiz also joined PSV on loan from Fulham which would have seen Toivonen’s appearances even more limited.

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Rennes are hoping that the signing of Ola Toivonen will turn around their season, Les Rouges et Noirs sit in 15th place in Ligue 1, 6 points ahead of the relegation zone and with no wins in their last 5 league games. They’ve particularly struggled up top this campaign and have only scored 22 goals in 21 league matches.

The 27-year-old, who has won 35 caps for Sweden, will add some much needed experience and depth to a Rennes side battling to stay in Ligue 1. More importantly the Swede will bring goals, in a 5 and a half year spell with Dutch giants PSV he made 139 Eredivisie appearances banging in 61 goals. Toivonen was also heavily linked with English legends Liverpool during Roy Hodgson’s brief reign at the club and the player is well thought of in European football.

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