Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saints Get Their Man to Boost the Squad

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saints Get Their Man to Boost the Squad

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SOUTHAMPTON have announced the signing of Portugal defender Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon.

The right-back, 23, becomes the Saints' second summer transfer following the arrival of Spanish forward Juanmi from Malaga.

The Saints did not reveal the fee paid, but Soares has reportedly cost the club in the region of PS3.6m.

Soares is confident the move will help develop his game.

"I joined this club because I believe we can do better and better every year," he told the club's official website.

"Everyone knows that the Premier League is a very, very good league - and maybe the best one in the world - so for me it's a pleasure to be here, but even more of a pleasure to be in Southampton.

"Southampton is a big, big club in England and is very respected. It's a club with a lot of history and, for me, it's very important to play for a big club. I think this is a very good move."

The arrival of another rightback will increase speculation regarding the future of Nathaniel Clyne, with the Saints yet to comment on the England defender's situation as he enters the final year of his contract with both Liverpool and Manchester United understood to be interested. …

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