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Wolves confirm reports and sign highly rated Portuguese defender

Wolves have completed the signing of Roderick Miranda from Portuguese club Rio Ave for an undisclosed fee as confirmed by the club website.

Reports going back to last month have linked Wolves with a move for Miranda with the club once again looking to Portugal as they aim to sign more players ready for next season. And while it has taken some time when it was mooted that this would be the Black County’s first signing of the summer, they have now finally completed the signing and Miranda will be playing at Molineux next season.

The 26-year-old defender is set to be at the club for the long haul as well after penning a four-year deal. He has not played in England before but does bring with him plenty of experience of the Portuguese league. He started his career at Benfica and after some time there as well as loans out to Swiss side Servette and Spanish team Deportivo la Coruna, he ended up at Rio Ave in 2013. And now after four years in Vila do Conde, he is set to move to Wolves.

After the signing was completed, Wolves’ sporting director Kevin Thelwell said: “Roderick’s a player that we’ve seen many times, having had great experience at a top, top level.

“He’s very good on the ball and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition to Nuno Espírito Santo’s squad going forward.”

Miranda himself added: “I’m very happy to have joined Wolves, it’s a dream to come and play for a club in England – I’m very happy and I want to help the team to achieve it’s goals.”

“It was an easy decision to sign for Wolves – it’s a big club in the Championship, it’s a club with big ambitions and I’m a player with big ambitions so it was an easy decision. “

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