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Santos announce Neto capture

Santos have announced the signing of their first reinforcement for the 2013 season: Guarani centre-back Neto.

Neto, 27, had come close to joining Santos at the end of Santos' victorious Paulistão campaign in May, but the two clubs could not strike an agreement.

Now, though, with an agreement in place, the 195cm tall defender is set to complete a move which will see him join former team-mates Bruno Peres and Éwerton Páscoa at the Vila Belmiro in January.

Vice-president Odílio Rodrigues had earlier confirmed that a deal was in place, saying: "Neto has undergone a medical and all went well. He will sign this time.

"The opportunity appeared. We needed a defender and Muricy likes him. He could have come at the end of the Paulistão, but we couldn't reach agreement at that time."

Santos currently have five central defenders on their books: Edu Dracena, Durval, David Braz, Bruno Rodrigo and Éwerton Páscoa, who can also play in midfield. It appears likely that at least one will now leave ahead of the 2013 campaign.


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