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Southampton sign Jose Fonte from Crystal Palace

Jose Fonte
Fonte believes Southampton can make it to the Premier League

Southampton have signed Crystal Palace defender Jose Fonte for an undisclosed fee, reports BBC Radio Solent.

The 26-year-old Portuguese centre-back has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the League One side, dropping down a division from the Championship.

Fonte has been a regular for Palace since joining them on loan in 2007 from Benfica, making 92 appearances and scoring six goals for the Eagles.

"I'm really happy to be at St Mary's," Fonte told BBC Radio Solent.

"Don't get me wrong , I was happy at Crystal Palace and I had a good spell there. I have only good things to say to the fans and everybody I have worked with at the club.

I want to play in the Premier League and I think I can do that quickest by moving here

Jose Fonte

"But I've made a decision and I'm very happy with it. I've come here with a purpose which is to help this club move to the top divisions.

"I'm very happy with this contract, and with how Southampton have treated me, so it's a happy day for me and I just want to help the club.

"I want to play in the Premier League and I think I can do that quickest by moving here."

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