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Hibs hail 'real coup' after sealing deal for Benfica winger Tavares

The Easter Road side have added a sixth signing of the summer with the arrival of the tricky Portuguese winger.

Hibs boss Lee Johnson hails ‘real coup’ as Benfica winger Jair Tavares signs four-year deal Hibernian FC
Jair Tavares becomes Hibs' sixth signing of the summer.

Hibernian manager Lee Johnson has hailed the signing of Jair Tavares as a “real coup” after the winger completed a move from Benfica on a four-year deal.

The 21-year-old scored four times in 24 matches for the Portuguese giants’ B-team in the second tier last season.

Tavares, who can play on either wing, is a cousin of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches and has been capped by Portugal up to under-19 level.

The Easter Road side completed the deal after activating an undisclosed release clause in his contract.

Johnson, who replaced Shaun Maloney as Hibs boss last month, added: “He’s an incredibly talented winger that’ll not only improve our first team squad, but is someone that has a lot of potential to develop into a top player in this league.

“Jair is an exciting, attacking talent that adds speed and trickery to our wide areas. We welcome him warmly to Hibs and look forward to working with him.

“I’d also like to thank the staff at Hibs, Benfica, Jair’s father Adriano, and his agent for their work in getting this deal done.”

Tavares becomes the Hibees’ sixth addition of the summer after Ewan Henderson, David Marshall, Nohan Kenneh, Momodou Bojang, Rocky Bushiri and Lewis Miller.