Fulham seal Rafik Halliche signing

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Fulham have wrapped up the signing of Algeria international defender Rafik Halliche for an undisclosed fee from Portuguese champions Benfica.

The 23-year-old, who impressed for his country at the World Cup finals in South Africa earlier this summer, has signed a three-year contract with the Cottagers.

Halliche told his new club's official website:"I'm so happy that my transfer to Fulham has been finalised. For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world.

"To be able to play alongside some wonderful players and to be given an opportunity to compete against some fantastic teams for a team like Fulham, is something that I've always dreamed of doing."

Halliche has made 20 appearances for Algeria to date, while he has spent the last two seasons out on loan with Nacional, after failing to make an impact with Benfica despite signing a four-year deal in January 2008.

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