LONDON – West Ham United have signed Portuguese defender Goncalo Cardoso from Boavista on a five-year deal with the option of another year, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
The fee was undisclosed, but British media said West Ham paid £2.75 million for the highly-rated 18-year-old, who was part of Portugal’s side that finished runners-up to Spain in the European under-19 championship this year.
“I’m excited... it’s a dream come true. I always dreamt of coming to England, and I’m here at this big, historic club, so I’m very happy,” Cardoso told the London club’s website.
“I’m an aggressive player, a bit different on the pitch than off it.
“I’m calm and I like to have the ball and build the game from the back. I’m here... to help the team reach their goals.”