Former West Ham United winger completes permanent move to Brighton from FC Porto

Brighton & Hove Albion have announced the permanent signing of teenage winger Benicio Baker-Boaitey from Liga Portugal Bwin champions FC Porto.

The 18-year-old, who initially joined the Seagulls on loan in January, has signed a contract until June 2023 and will continue his development at the club’s under-23s.

The young gun made four Premier League 2 appearances for Albion’s under-23s, without finding the net, last season.

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Baker-Boaitey also appeared five times in the Under-18 Premier League, scoring once.

Brighton & Hove Albion have announced their permanent signing of teenage winger Benicio Baker-Boaitey from Liga Portugal Bwin champions FC Porto. Picture by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The English teen, who left West Ham United to join FC Porto at the start of the 2020-21 campaign, netted his first Brighton goal in the under-18’s 3-1 win at Leicester City under-18s in March.

Speaking to the club website, under-23s manager Andrew Crofts said: “Since he came on loan in January, Benicio has shown his ability and worked hard in both training and matches to earn the move.

“We are really looking forward to working with him on his ongoing development this coming season.”