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Roma grab Bastos on loan

Roma have completed the loan signing of Brazilian winger Michel Bastos from United Arab Emirates side Al Ain.

The 30-year-old has joined the Serie A club on loan until the end of the season in a deal which includes an option to make the transfer permanent for 3.5 million euros.

A statement published on Roma's official website on Monday night confirmed the initial loan deal had cost the Giallorossi 1.1 million euros.

Bastos, who was also a target of Napoli, links back up with his former Lille coach Rudi Garcia at Roma.

"I am very happy to be here," Bastos said to Gazzetta dello Sport earlier on Monday. "Forza Roma!"

Bastos can play as a European as he holds a French passport. He could make his Serie A debut at Hellas Verona this weekend.