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MLS Impact land Algerian midfielder Taider from Bologna

Montreal (AFP) – Algerian international midfielder Saphir Taider joined Montreal Impact from Serie A team Bologna, the Major League Soccer outfit announced.

The France-born Taider, who turns 26 next month, has 42 caps for Algeria, including two at the 2014 World Cup.

Bologna’s chairman Joey Saputo is also the owner of the Impact.

The move comes as the Serie A side welcomed back Impact striker Blerim Dzemaili, who scored seven goals for the Canadian club last season but returned to Bologna earlier this month, terminating his loan to Montreal.

Taider began his pro career at Grenoble in 2010 then jumped to Bologna with brief stops at Juventus in 2012, Southampton in 2014 and Inter from 2013 to last year.

After playing junior internationals for France, Taider joined the Algerian senior side in 2013. He has netted five goals for Algeria, one in a triumphant debut against Benin.

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