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Brighton snap up £900,000 signing of Joel Veltman from Ajax on three-year contract

Brighton have signed Holland international Defender Joel Veltman from Ajax for £900,000.

The 28-year-old can play at right-back or centre-back and has agreed a three-year contract.  

Veltman, who came through the Ajax academy, won three Eredivisie titles in Amsterdam and was also named in the league’s team of the year on three separate occasions. 

‘We’re delighted to welcome Joel to the club,’ Brighton manager Graham Potter said.

‘He has terrific experience from his time with Ajax including the Champions League and, of course, with the Dutch national team.

‘He’s an excellent defender who can play at right-back and at centre-half, but he’s also comfortable in possession.

‘He is really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League and we’re delighted he is now a Brighton player and we’re looking forward to working with him.’

Capped 22 times by Holland, Veltman was part of the 2014 World Cup squad and also played in Ajax’s Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in 2017.

He becomes the second arrival at the Amex Stadium this week after England international Adam Lallana joined the Seagulls following his departure from Liverpool.

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