Valencia have completed the signing of Helder Postiga from Real Zaragoza in a deal worth a reported €3 million plus €500,000 extra if the Portugal international scores at least 15 goals next season.
Postiga, who turned 31 recently, scored 14 goals in 37 Primera Division games, even as Zaragoza struggled unsuccessfully against relegation last term, and was also a reported target for Sevilla.
He has signed a two-year contract as the replacement for Roberto Soldado, who joined Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the week. Zaragoza will also receive 20% of any transfer
fee the player commands in the future.
But Postiga told reporters at his presentation: "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."
The Mestalla side are also keen to sign another striker before the current transfer window shuts, as last season’s back-up Nelson Haedo Valdez departure means coach Miroslav Djukic has just one other senior centre-forward - Spanish Under-20 international Paco Alcacer - and he is currently sidelined through injury.