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Khan reveals Fulham surpassed 'prominent clubs' to sign Joao Palhinha

Fulham co-owner Tony Khan has said his side beat 'prominent clubs' to sign Sporting CP midfielder Joao Palhinha.

The 26-year-old has moved to Craven Cottage on a five-year deal after Fulham paid an £18m transfer fee.

Speaking to the club's website, Khan said: "While other prominent clubs were aiming to secure his signature, we're thrilled that Joao chose to come here and that he wants to play for Fulham under our great coach Marco Silva, and we believe that Joao will be a valuable addition to strengthen the squad to compete this season in the Premier League."

Upon signing for the Cottagers, Palhinha said: "I'm very glad to be here. It's a big opportunity for me, for my career, to play in what is – in my opinion – the best league in the world.

"I've signed with a great Club. The Club wanted me, and I chose the Club, so I promise the fans that I will do my best, and I hope we can win so many things in this season."

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