Benfica have signed defender David Luiz from Brazilian side Vitoria da Baia, the Portuguese giants said on Wednesday on its website.

The club said the 21-year-old would be officially unveiled on Thursday. It gave no contract details but Portuguese media reported the player would join Benfica on loan until the end of the season.

Luiz will fill the vacancy left by Portuguese international defender Ricardo Rocha who signed for Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.