Rovers sign Meite as McLaughlin joins Barnsley

Former West Bromwich Albion defender Abdoulaye Meite (right) has joined Doncaster until the end of the season.
Former West Bromwich Albion defender Abdoulaye Meite (right) has joined Doncaster until the end of the season.
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Doncaster Rovers have signed Ivory Coast international Abdoulaye Meite on a deal until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The former World Cup player has a wealth of experience at the highest level, having played in England for Bolton and West Brom, and in France for Olympique de Marseille. A

Central defender Meite has played 48 times for his country including the World Cup finals.

Abdoulaye played last season with FC Honka in the Finnish Veikkausliiga but has been at Rovers for a few months.

Rovers manager Paul Dickov said: “He’s such an experienced defender and played a lot of games at a high level with Marseille in France, Bolton, West Brom and we are probably missing that little bit of experience at the minute and Abdoulaye will definitely bring that.”

Meanwhile, Barnsley have signed Liverpool and Northern Ireland youth international right-back, Ryan McLaughlin, on a 28-day loan.

The 19-year-old right-back said: “It’s great to be here and there are some good games coming up which I am looking forward to being involved in.”

McLaughlin is on loan until February 8.