Ghana international defender Jonathan Mensah has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The 25-year-old’s contract with French second division team Evian Thonon Gaillard was due to expire at the end of the season.

He will join the Anzhi squad at their winter training camp in Spain.

Mensah won the 2009 Under-20 World Cup with Ghana and played for the Black Stars at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

As a regular member of the Ghana squad he has been to the last four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, helping them to finish runners-up in 2010 and 2015.