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Swansea recruit Austrian Idrizaj

Swansea City

Swansea have completed the signing of Austrian forward Besian Idrizaj on a two-year contract.

A deal was agreed at the weekend for the former Liverpool youngster, 21, but he was awaiting international clearance from his German club.

Idrizaj, who played for FC Eilenburg in the German Regional League last season, is manager Paulo Sousa's second signing since taking charge in the summer.

"We are delighted that he has signed," said Sousa.

"He is a player I have been aware of from his time at Liverpool and with the Austrian international se-up.

"Besian has good characteristics and can play away along the front line - I believe that he will be a great asset.

"He is a young player with good talent but has not played for a long time in competitive football, and it will take him time to adjust to the intensity of our league.

"But he is now available for selection straight away and we are happy to be able to give him another chance at this level."

Idrizaj can play on the wing or up front.

He started his career at LASK Linz in 2003 where he scored three goals in 35 appearances and won Austria's young player of the year award a year later.

He joined Liverpool in 2005 but failed to make a first-team game for the Premier League side not helped by an injury-hit first season.

Idrizaj had loan spells at Luton, Crystal Palace and Austrian club Wacker Innsbruck before being released by Liverpool last summer.

He has represented his country at Under-21 level and has scored three times in 12 international matches.

Idrizaj will go straight into the Swans squad for their Carling Cup second round match against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.



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