Brest releases defender Zakaria Diallo, say he’ll sign with Impact

Montreal Impact's Wandrille Lefèvre, pictured above. (Denette/CP)

MONTREAL — French soccer club Stade Brestois has announced that it terminated the contract of Zakaria Diallo so the central defender can sign with the Montreal Impact.

The Impact have not confirmed the report.

"We terminated the contract we had with Zakaria Diallo that ran to June, 2018, so that he can join the Montreal Impact," Brest sporting director Gregory Lorenzi told the club’s website.

The French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported this week that Diallo received a two-year contract offer from Montreal.

Diallo, 31, played 37 matches over the last season and half for the Ligue 2 club but got into only two games this season, drawing a red card in one of them.

The French-born Senagalese player previously played in Ajaccio, Dijon and Beauvais and in Belgium for Charleroi

The Impact are thin in the central defence since trading veteran Laurnet Ciman to Los Angeles FC for two fullbacks.

On Thursday, the Impact waived defenders Wandrille Lefevre and Deian Boldor.

Lefevre, a native of France who has Canadian citizenship, played 48 games over five MLS seasons. He won Canadian championships with the Impact in 2013 and 2014.

Boldor joined the club late last season on loan from Bologna FC and played five games.

The Impact had previously announced that the two players would not be kept on for 2018.

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