Valencia Complete Deal to Sign Real Zaragoza Striker Helder Postiga

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Former Spurs man replaces current Spurs man.

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Valencia have completed the signing of Portuguese international striker Helder Postiga from fellow La Liga side Real Zaragoza, Sky Sports reports.

The 31-year-old completed a medical on Thursday and put pen-to-paper on a two year deal at the Mestalla to replace Roberto Soldado who left to join Postiga’s former club Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week.

Valencia have paid Zaragoza a reported €3 million for the veteran forward, who scored 14 goals in 34 games last season, though that was not enough to prevent Los Blanquillos from being slipping out of the top flight.

Zaragoza will earn a further €375,000 from the deal should the player manage to wrack up 15 goals this season, as well as retaining 20 per cent of any transfer fee the player commands in the future.

Valencia fans will be hoping that he can have the same impact as Soldado had last year as he went on to score 25 times for Los Che, but at his unveiling he told the press; “I’m not here to replace anyone.

“Roberto was an important player for this team, just like many other players were, and I’ve come here to help the team and contribute as much as I can.”

Postiga began his career with Porto before joining Spurs in 2003, however he failed to settle in London and was quickly loaned back to the Portuguese giants. Spells in France and Greece followed soon after before he returned to his homeland to sign for Sporting Lisbon but, after two seasons in the Portuguese capital, he switched to Zaragoza.

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