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STILL LANDS PORTUGUESE MIDFIELDER

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15:41 30th September 2013

David Viana signs on season-long deal

The Hatters have completed the signing of Portuguese youth international David Viana after receiving international clearance.


With the paperwork now finalised, the 21-year-old – who agreed to sign for Town earlier this month – has penned a season-long contract after impressing on trial. He has scored two spectacular goals in the development squad’s last two games.


French-born Viana began his career with Strasbourg as a youngster before he moved to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid where he was a regular for their C team as a teenager.


After a spell with Atletico’s B team for a season, Viana opted to move to MLS club Real Salt Lake in the United States last September.


He made two appearances for the Claret and Cobalts before he was released in July prior to signing for the Town.


Capped at Under-17, 18 and 19 level for Portugal, the Hatters’ new recruit is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal.


Manager John Still told lutontown.co.uk: “David was recommended to us and has impressed us all with his ability in training and during development games.


“He’s a good age, has obviously ability and plays with a smile on his face. It’s his quality and age that really appeals to us.


“David’s an exciting player and one that can find a pass in the final third of the pitch. He also has a silkiness about him. In the games in which he’s played he has always looked like he has a goal in him.


“In tight games you might need a player who can light the blue touch paper and David is that kind of player.


“His quality, enthusiasm and belief is infectious and he’s another young, hungry and ambitious player that will fit in really well here.


“David can play in the role that Luke Guttridge current holds, so adding David to the squad gives us more competition in that particular spot.


“The international clearance took some time to go through which was frustrating but David has remained patient which is all credit to him.”


David has been given squad number 20.

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