Ruiz signing a Cottagers coup

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Fulham enjoyed a successful deadline day in the transfer window, with Martin Jol securing three signings before the 11pm cut-off point.

Zdenek Grygera, Orlando Sa and Bryan Ruiz all join the Cottagers, with the west London club adding some strength-in-depth to their ranks for the tough looking Barclays Premier League campaign.

The confirmation of Ruiz in he closing hours of the window, a player also courted by Newcastle United and Spurs, is a real coup for the club, and the Costa Rican forward aims to make an instant impact after moving from FC Twente for an undisclosed fee.

“I’m really happy to be joining Fulham Football Club and playing under Martin Jol who is a manager I admire from his time managing in Holland for Ajax. I chose to come to Fulham because it feels more personal than other clubs I have visited," said the 26-year-old.

"I’m looking forward to meeting up with the whole squad when most of the players return from the international break and getting to work straight away with the team in preparation for some important fixtures.”

It was a signature that clearly delighted former Ajax boss Jol, who was fully aware of the player's talents from his time in the Eredivisie.


“Bryan Ruiz was always our intended target. He is a player who continues to attract interest from other top clubs so naturally I’m very happy, on this final day of the transfer window, that he has decided to join Fulham.”

Sa is another player happy to make the move to the English capital, signing a three-year deal on a free transfer.

The Portuguese 23-year-old joined Porto in 2009, but after a season on loan at Nacional became surplus to requirements at the club.

“I am happy to have completed my transfer to Fulham and the Premier League today. This is an enormous opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to joining the team and entering the next phase of my development," said the player.

"It’s a wonderful challenge for me and I am keen to bring my qualities to Fulham and the Premier League.”

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