Toronto FC land Derby winger Robert

Toronto FC have snapped up Derby County winger Laurent Robert.

The 32-year-old Frenchman arrived at Pride Park in January as a free agent, signing a deal until the end of the season with the Barclays Premier League basement club.

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But the former Newcastle and Portsmouth player made only three starts for the Rams and headed over to Canada for a trial this week.

Derby manager Paul Jewell told his club's website, dcfc.co.uk: "It didn't quite work out for Laurent here, but we wish him well in the future."

Toronto general manager Mo Johnston, the former Celtic, Rangers and Scotland striker, said: "We are thrilled to have Laurent join Toronto FC and become part of our club.

"He's a tremendous player with a lot of talent, and we expect him to come in and make an impact with our club straightaway.

"He's played at every level and is a true professional in every aspect."

Robert's biggest career move came when he signed for Newcastle in 2001 and played under current Toronto coach John Carver.

"I've spent a lot of time with Laurent and know a lot about his game," said Carver.

"He'll be a big asset to the team."

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