Betis land Portugal keeper
Real Betis have completed the signing of Portugal international goalkeeper Ricardo.
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 29/07/07 4:55pm
Real Betis have completed the signing of Portugal international goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira from Sporting Lisbon.
The Spaniards have agreed to pay Sporting ,é¼3 million (£2 million) for the 31-year-old who has concurred on a lucrative four-year deal.
Betis - who have recently appointed Hector Cuper as manager - are looking to inject quality into their squad this summer after a campaign spent battling relegation last time around.
Ricardo is well known to English fans having twice starred in penalty shoot-out wins for Portugal over England at Euro 2004 and the World Cup in 2006.
He becomes the club's fourth signing of the close-season following the captures of Argentine striker Mariano Pavone, former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez and Croatian international Marko Babic.
However, a fifth, and another goalkeeper, seems poised to join in the near future as Los Verdiblancos have set up a move for Diego Alves.
The custodian currently plies his trade for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, but Betis want him to compete with Ricardo to strengthen their keeping stable.
If a deal for Alves is completed then it seems certain that either Pedro Contreras or Toni Doblas, who were the club's one and two last season, will be moved on.