Betis land Portugal keeper

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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.