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Santos have signed three new players, including a loan deal for Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Matthew Pattison.

The 25-year-old has struggled to make the Sundowns team this season, despite being one their stand-out players during the 2010/ 2011 campaign.

His future had been the cause of much speculation, but it was the Peoples’ Team who came in at the 11th hour to secure the former Newcastle United hardman.

Santos boss Goolam Allie proudly announced the signing at a press conference at the Cape Town club’s headquarters on Wednesday afternoon.

Allie reveals his side fought off several other teams for the Sandton-born anchorman.

“We have signed Matthew Pattison on a six month deal from Sundowns. He will arriving on Sunday and hopefully he could be with us for longer – we will definitely fight to hold on to him for longer,” declared Allie.

“Myself and the COO Edries Burton actually started looking at (signing Pattison) around seven or eight months ago when the news came that Matthew may be going back to England and so on.

“Last week Wednesday it emerged that he might be prepared to come and we started talks. I believe there were one or two other clubs in the running, but he wanted to come to Cape Town.”

The Mother City outfit has also signed an additional goalkeeper in Pa Dembo Touray, a Gambia International, who will compete with Tshepo Motsoeneng, Ryan Harrison and Lee Langeveldt for a place in the starting XI.

The 31-year old will add huge presence to the Santos backline – he is 1.98 metres tall and is the former Captain of Djurgardens and last year was voted as the best goalkeeper in the Swedish League.

Dembo Touray won the Swedish league three times and also has two FA Cups from the Scandinavian country under his belt.

The third player, Neo Segalo, comes from Santos’ feeder team in the Vodacom League. He is, according to Allie, a “tenacious and strong midfielder who has been given his opportunity after impressing for the reserve side.”

First-team coach Duncan Crowie added: “The three players we have signed, and those two last week (Naasief Morris and Gert Schalkwyk) are great additions to the team and will add good depth to our squad, it will definitely help us to improve our position on the log.”

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