Swansea City have continued their raid on La Liga with the signing of Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo.

The 21-year-old has signed a three-year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee.

Last year the Swans made a sensational signing in Michu, and since then they have continued to scout Spain's top-flight with the hope of finding another bargain.

At a time when English players are over-hyped and over-priced, Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is making waves with sensible signings from the best market available.

Pozuelo becomes the Swans' seventh Spaniard - and there are high hopes on the attacking midfielder who made 29 appearances for the Real Betis first over the last two seasons.

The technically-gifted youngster is a product of the Betis youth academy and is comfortable in playing across the front-line, and will be expected to provide competition for Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge at the Liberty Stadium.

He has signed for the long-term, but if he is capable of making an impact in the near future, the Swans will be delighted with the coup.

His ability to play killer through-balls and precise passes makes him a valuable addition to the Premier League side. Another strength in Pozuelo's armoury is his clever link-up play, but he needs to work on crossing, finishing and aerial battles to survive in the Premier League.

"Since I've been a little boy it has been my dream to play in the Premier League," he told Swansea's official website. "From the moment I heard of the interest from Swansea I have watched their games and followed the news at the club.

"The style of the team suits me, and so too does the style of the manager.

"Of course, there are a lot of Spanish players here including my old Betis team-mate Jose Canas, and that will help me to settle quickly.

"I am looking to improve my English immediately as I want to communicate better with my team-mates.

"On the pitch I just want to give everything I have to the club in order to help the team this season."


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