Rostov-on-Don, Russia (Sports Network) - French striker Florent Sinama- Pongolle has signed a two-year deal with Russian side FC Rostov, it was announced Wednesday.

"I consider this move to Russia a new challenge in my career," said the 27- year-old former France under-21 international.

Sinama-Pongolle was under contract with Sporting Lisbon but spent last season on loan with French club St. Etienne. He began his career with Le Havre but has enjoyed stints with Liverpool, Blackburn, Recreativo Huelva, Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza.