Notts County have completed the signing of Zoumana Bakayogo, who was most recently with Tranmere.

The defender was part of the Rovers side that earned promotion out of League Two last season and played 90 minutes in each of the Magpies’ meetings with his former club. Notts manager Neal Ardley said: “We know that we have an imbalance in the squad and the left-hand side is something that needs addressing.

“Zoum has a good pedigree and was at Millwall when I was there. He’s lightning quick, very direct and has great energy so suits either the role of attacking full back or wing back.

“He’s one that was on our original list and in discussions with the new owners and their analysts he’s also come up strong on the numbers, which is brilliant because it backs up what we knew. It’s great because we are working in tandem.

“We’re trying to attract players that have played at a higher level but also have the mentality, the drive and the physicality to cope with the league we are in.”

Bakayogo says Notts’ fanbase and vision is something that appealed to him.

“This is a big club with the ambition to get back up into the Football League and I am really pleased to be part of it,” he said. “I am here for the challenge.

“As soon as I saw Notts County were interested I was excited. I have played here a few times and it’s been a good atmosphere with great fans so I have enjoyed playing in front of this crowd.

“I’ll get up and down the pitch – defending first but then the rest comes and I’ll look to get crosses in. I hope to be involved on Saturday.”

Source: www.nottscountyfc.co.uk

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