Swansea sign Portugal's Eder
02 July 2015, 11:42
London - Swansea have signed Portugal striker Eder for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old will arrive at the Liberty Stadium on a three-year contract from Portuguese side Braga.
He is now set to give the Welsh side, who finished a highly creditable eighth in the Premier League last season, an extra option up front in addition to Bafetimbi Gomis and recent signing Andre Ayew.
Eder scored 10 goals in 29 appearances last season as Braga finished in the top four of the Portuguese top-flight and also played in all three of Portugal's matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He is the fourth player signed in pre-season by Swansea manager Garry Monk after Ayew, Franck Tabanou and Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
"I am very happy to have signed with Swansea," Eder told the club's official website. "It's a big club, and I believe I can progress as a footballer here.
"The Premier League will be a step up for me, but I've played in the European competitions and also for my country, so I've experienced different levels of the game," the 18-times capped forward added.
Eder joined Academica in 2008, helping them win the Portuguese Cup, before joining Braga four years later.
"Hopefully, my team-mates will help me develop and settle in quickly at the club," Eder said.
"I can't wait to meet all of them when I report for pre-season training.
"Swansea are a solid club who have big ambitions - last season confirmed that -- and it's great for me to be a part of it."
Hungry and eager
Monk added: "Eder is the type of striker we've been looking for. He has excellent attributes - strong, quick and technically sound with the ball.
"He has a good pedigree and is a full international with Portugal.
"He fits our profile in terms of the players we've signed in the last two seasons because he's young, hungry and eager to prove himself in the Premier League.
"He has the characteristics we are looking for and will certainly add competition to the striking department."