Southampton have completed the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Cedric Soares.
The 23-year-old right-back has penned a four-year contract at St Mary’s Stadium and his arrival is sure to increase rumours that England international Nathaniel Clyne is to join Liverpool.
Soares, a Portugal international, has risen through the ranks at Sporting and won the Taca de Portugal last season.
“I joined this club because I believe we can do better and better every year,” Soares told Southampton’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.”
Soares becomes Southampton’s second signing in the space of three days following the arrival of Spain international Juanmi from Malaga on Tuesday.