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Racing Santander have signed South Korean international defender Lee Ho-jin.

The 24-year-old becomes the second South Korean player to join a club in La Liga, with winger Lee-Chun-soo having had recent spells at Real Sociedad and Numancia before returning to the Far East.

Lee has penned a deal until the summer of 2009 with the Cantabrian outfit, with the player expected to be unveiled next week.

"Manuel Preciado (Rebolledo) gave him a high reputation because he has speed and can play in every position as a defender," Lee's agent Hong Isaac told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Lee comes to the Primera Liga outfit after trial spells in Europe with Anderlecht in 2003 and Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven late last year.

Last month, Lee tried his luck with French Ligue 1 club Nancy before opting to join Racing.

The defender's CV includes an appearance at the 2003 World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates with South Korea's Under-20 squad.

Meanwhile, Racing have also handed a short-term deal to goalkeeper Juanjo Valencia who joins from Nastic de Tarragona, while striker David Aganzo decided to stay at the club despite an offer from Israeli outfit Beitar Jerusalem.