Swansea City goalkeeper Steven Benda has signed for Fulham tonight in a deal believed to be worth £1m.

The German custodian, who joined the Swans from 1860 Munich in 2017, made 31 appearances first-team appearances for the Swans but saw his strong season last year ended by a knee injury at Queens Park Rangers. The 24 year-old, who played 23 times last term, has signed a two-year deal at Craven Cottage with Fulham holding a further one year option.

Benda starred in Swansea’s youth sides, winning the FAW Youth Cup in 2018 and becoming an instant hero by saving two Cardiff City spot-kicks in the final, and gained first-team experience as he helped Swindon Town win League Two during a loan spell with the Robins in 2019. He shone on loan for Peterborough in the Championship on loan in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, catching Marco Silva’s eye with a display in the Posh’s 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage, and became Swansea’s number one before injury struck at Loftus Road.

Benda, whose arrival is expected to pave the way for Marek Rodak to gain first-team football on loan after his penalty heroics against Spurs last night, told FFCTV of his delight at completing his move to the Cottage.

I’m really happy. It’s a massive club with a lot of history and tradition, so I’m really happy to be here. Just look at this stadium, and the club itself, playing for Marco Silva, it was a very easy decision.”