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Porto sign Yacine Brahimi

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Porto have secured yet another major transfer coup by beating Premier League duo Everton and Tottenham to the signature of Yacine Brahimi.

The Algerian midfielder had been linked with the English sides but has completed a move to Porto from Spanish club Granada.

According to BBC Sport, Porto have paid £5.1million for Brahimi, who has signed a four-year deal which includes a mammoth buy-out clause of £40million.

Who is Brahimi?

The 24-year-old made his name in his native France having come through the youth ranks at Rennes and was a regular for the French national team at a variety of age groups.

Having impressed in Ligue 1 he went on loan to Granada in La Liga for the duration of the 2012/2013  and done enough to earn himself a permanent move to Spanish outfit the following summer.

It was towards the end of his initial loan spell in Spain that he changed his international allegiance and committed his future to Algeria, a decision that saw him really shoot to prominence this summer.

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World Cup performance

Though Granada only managed to secure their La Liga status on the final day of the 2013/2014 season with a win over Real Vallodolid - a game which Brahimi started, the French-born midfielder had impressed individually.

He was called up to the Algeria World Cup squad by manager Vahid Halilhodžić, and though he was overlooked for the teams opener against Belgium he was named in the starting eleven for their second game against South Korea.

It was perhaps this game where he really caught the eye of Europe's elite, his first international goal capping a tremendous 4-2 victory as Algeria went on to qualify for the last 16 for the first time in their history.

After the South Korea game reports emerged in The Express that both Everton and Tottenham were keen on the creative midfielder.

Those rumours were fuled by The Express quoting Brahimi as saying: "I learned from my time at Rennes and in the last two years I have grown and matured.

"My goal is to go to a more upscale club but I still need to improve some things: my scoring, making assists and not just dribbling for the sake of dribbling."

Porto move

It was Porto who would eventually be the 'upscale club' of choice for Brahimi, though there were no reports of an official bid from either Everton or Spurs.

The move continues a summer of spending for the Portuguese outfit who have already acquired the services of Bruno Martins Indi, Cristian Tello, Casemiro and Adrian Lopez.

Following the influx of new additions Porto will be expected to regain their Primeira Liga crown having finished a disappointing third-place last season.

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