The 28 year old midfielder was released by Monaco in the summer having spent 4 years at the club and went on trial at Bolton in October. Then manager Gary Megson rejected Meriem as he felt the midfielder was ‘too similar’ to players already at the club and a week later it was revealed that he was training with Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn.
A knee injury looked like it would derail any chance of a move but Meriem has got over the injury and has now signed with Blackburn on a short term contract with a view to make the deal permanent.
The ex Monaco midfielder who has also played for Bordeaux and Marseille was offered a last minute deal by St. Etienne to stay in France but chose to join the Lancashire so the signing of the 28 year old French playmaker is some what of a coup for Allardyce.
Meriem has 3 caps to his name and is noted for his excellent vision and passing which Allardyce will be looking to capitalise on as he may make his debut as early as tonight against Man City or against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup on the 14th.
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