Former €1m Chelsea trialist completes move ... to Swindon Town

The Robins have completed an excellent signing in the form of Tijane Reiss from Chaves.

Swindon Town were busy improving their squad yesterday by snapping up a couple of Tottenham players on loan; and signing 22-year-old wide man Tijane Freitas Reiss.

Reiss spent last season in the third tier of Portuguese football with Chaves; and he was pivotal as they went on to win promotion to Liga de Honra after a successful 2012-13 campaign.

He plays from the right hand side as a left-footer and may finally go some way toward replacing Matt Ritchie; who joined Bournemouth in January.

Reiss is represented by former Republic of Ireland international striker Mickey Walsh; who finished his career in Portugal with the likes of Porto, Salgueiros and Espinho.

And he confirmed that the player had other teams interested; including Benfica:

“He is highly-rated and Benfica were looking to take him, but he would have ended up in the under 21 or development squad and that is not what he wants because he wants to be on the real stage and playing decent football.’’ 

But this isn’t the first big team to be interested in him.

In the past the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Stoke have all been credited with an interest with the player.

But in 2010 he was being followed by Chelsea. Reiss had moved to Portugal from his home of Guinea-Bissau and was at the time a 19-year-old winger impressing with lowly outfit Braganca.

In October of that year he went out to London in order to train with Chelsea with the idea of him joining the Blues for €1 million, which would have met his buy-out clause with the club, if he impressed.

Unfortunately at the time he was considered too small and was also not yet in possession of Portuguese nationality so a deal did not go through.

"Tijane was smaller and, moreover, the English have strict rules for hiring non-EU players," 

Those were the words of Virgilio Gomes, Braganca club president, who insisted that Chelsea liked him and that he would return to the club once again next summer in a bid to earn his dream move.

That never happened and now he has finally made his way to England with the hope of impressing in League One; and taking Swindon up the football ladder.

Chelsea may not have fancied him but he could end up perfect for The Robins and their promotion bid.

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