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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK
Palace bring in Benfica defender
Crystal Palace have signed Benfica defender Jose Fonte on loan for a year, with a view to a permanent move.

The 23-year-old's younger brother Rui is a reserve-team striker for Arsenal.

Palace boss Peter Taylor said: "I am quite excited about this one because he is a young player, as well as a good centre-back and a good footballer.

"There were other clubs in for him, but his brother plays for Arsenal and he wants to come to London, so we have been quite fortunate there."

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Fonte said: "I am very happy to be here. I want to show my value and what I am capable of."

The central defender spent last season on loan at Portuguese side Estrela Amadora.

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