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The longtime Espanyol attacker will embark in his first spell abroad, signing with Hugo Sanchez's Pachuca.

Spanish striker Raul Tamudo has agreed to join Pachuca of the Mexican Primera, the team has revealed.

The 34-year-old Tamudo will join Pachuca after 16 years in his home country, starring mostly for Espanyol, a team for which he scored more than 130 goals.

Tamudo's agent was reportedly close to agreeing with Puebla a week ago, as the 18 first division clubs met in Cancún for the domestic transfer deadline day. Puebla had signed fellow Spaniard Luis Garcia in 2011.

After the deal with the Camoteros fell through, Pachuca was entered into the mix, and the former Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano striker will now make his way to the North American country.

A full international for Spain for most the last decade, Tamudo was part of the 2000 Olympic squad that captured the silver medal in Sydney. He scored five times in 13 matches for La Roja.

At Espanyol, Tamudo was one of the team's biggest stars from 1996 to 2010, winning a pair of Copa del Rey trophies in 2000 and 2006.

Pachuca has already made one of the biggest splashes over the summer in the Mexican market, signing former Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez as the club's manager as well as entering in negotiations for former El Tri striker Nery Castillo.

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