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LA Galaxy sign Giovani dos Santos from Villarreal

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 29:  Giovani dos Santos of Mexico celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match
Image: Mexico international Giovani dos Santos is to join Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy

MLS champions LA Galaxy have signed midfielder Giovani dos Santos on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Villarreal.

The versatile attacker, who is currently on international duty with Mexico at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, is reportedly expected to cost Galaxy a seven-figure fee from the La Liga side where he spent the past two years plying his trade.

"It's going to be a challenge for him," Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena told the LA Times. "He's not been at a club yet where he's had those kind of responsibilities.

"And he's in a community where he is going to be sought after. He's going to have to be mature about it."

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The 26-year-old former Barcelona and Tottenham player will eventually team up with the club's four designated players - Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez - following the MLS' recently introduced "core player" rule.