Southampton complete Cedric Soares move

Southampton have secured the services of Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon for an initial fee believed to be £3.6m, according to the Guardian.

The 23-year-old, has put pen to paper on a four-year contract on the South Coast club, who finished seventh last season.

“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. 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 defender has made over 90 appearances for Sporting, 16 of which came in the Champions League competitions.

Soares became the Saints’s second summer signing at the St Mary’s Stadium this summer following the addition of Juanmi from Malaga.