Done deal | Crystal Palace sign Diego Cavalieri

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a free transfer.

After a successful trial, the 35-year-old joins the Eagles on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Cavalieri was a free agent after leaving Brazilian side Fluminense in January and reunites with Roy Hodgson who was briefly his manager at Liverpool in 2010.

The Brazilian international struggled for playing time at Liverpool, making only 10 appearances between 2008-2010 before Hodgson moved Cavalieri on to Italian outfit AC Cesena.

Nevertheless, he says he’s delighted to return to England and thanked his new Palaces teammates for welcoming him in. He said: “I am very happy to be here and have been training with the guys for some time now.

 “The atmosphere in the dressing room has been really good and they have received me very well so we can talk a lot and get to know everyone. I am very happy with this opportunity.”

Palace have signed the experienced shot-stopper as cover with Julian Speroni currently out with a knee injury. The 38-year-old has been second-choice to Wayne Hennessey this season, but his ongoing absence leaves the Eagles short of options between the sticks.

The London club aren’t having the best of seasons, currently sitting just one place outside of the relegation zone in the Premier League after 28 games.  Palace have gone six matches without a win in the top-flight, shipping 13 goals for their troubles.

With Wayne Hennessey having kept just three clean sheets in 18 games (17%) this season, Cavalieri may get a chance to feature before the campaign comes to a close.

Published by Crippy

Sports journalist who is an avid football fan, enjoys debunking transfer rumours, loves to write pieces on players out in the cold and takes a large amount of pride getting a predicted XI 100% correct.

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