Swans swoop for keeper Moreira

The Premier League new boys have been searching for a new

goalkeeper since Dorus de Vries chose to leave for Wolves on a free

transfer last month. They had been linked with a move for Poland

international Grzegorz Sandomierski but have instead moved for

Moreira, who has a solitary Portugal cap to his name. The

29-year-old has told the Swansea website: “It’s my dream to play in

the Premier League and I am delighted to get my chance with Swansea

City. “I have been at Benfica for 12 years and, while it will be

hard to leave, I need a new challenge in my career. “I’d like to

thank the Benfica supporters, who have been fantastic to me over

the years, but I think they will understand my decision.” Moreira

will return to Portugal but will be back in south Wales on Monday

to meet his new team-mates and undergo his medical. He made 148

appearances for Benfica, winning two league titles, a Portuguese

Cup, three consecutive Portuguese league cups and a Portuguese

Super Cup, but he found first-team opportunities limited during the

past season. He was selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari for Portugal’s

Euro 2004 campaign, but did not make an appearance as the hosts

lost in the final to Greece. Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will

hope Moreira can fill the void left by De Vries’ departure, and the

Portuguese has revealed he likes what he has seen of his new club,

including watching their play-off success against Reading on the

internet. “I believe the experience I have gained at such a big

club as Benfica and with Portugal will help me achieve success in

the Premier League with Swansea,” he said. “I’ve had very good

conversations with the manager and the chairman (Huw Jenkins) and

had a good look around Swansea and the stadium, which is beautiful.

“I watched Swansea’s game at Wembley against Reading on the

internet and I was very impressed. I can’t wait to get started.”

Assuming he completes his medical, Moreira will become Rodgers’

third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Danny Graham

and Steven Caulker.