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Hibs manager Alex McLeish
"De la Cruz can definitely improve our team"
 real 56k

Ulises de la Cruz
"I have heard Hibs are a very important team"
 real 56k

Monday, 18 June, 2001, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Hibs unveil record buy
Ulises de la Cruz shows off his new colours
Ulises de la Cruz shows off his new colours
Hibs have completed the signing of Ecuador international Ulises de la Cruz for a fee of 700,000.

The signing represents the club's record buy and signals their intention to build on the success of last season.

De la Cruz joins from Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito on a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old wing-back has 42 caps for his country.

Signing targets

Hibs boss Alex McLeish said: "He is a very exciting player and this is a very bold move by this club to get Ulises here.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and hopefully he can take the club another step forward.

"This is a great signing for the club and I think it's an imaginative move by the club.

"He is without doubt a very good player and we are very confident after he settles in the country that he'll bring a lot of assets to this club."

De la Cruz is likely to be the first of a number of signings by Alex McLeish over the summer, with Marc Libbra the number one target.

Club representatives will meet Libbra this week in an attempt to bring the striker to Easter Road on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell last season.

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