Seagulls swoop to sign Bergkamp Mk II

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Brighton have signed striker Roland Bergkamp, nephew of Arsenal and Holland legend Dennis on a two-year deal, subject to being able to obtain international clearance.

Gus Poyet is delighted to land the 20-year-old, who scored five goals in 28 games for Eredivisie outfit Excelsior last season and will cost the club a compensation fee once the paperwork has been finalised..

"He is a totally different player to Dennis and we don't want people to compare him," said the Seagulls boss.

"We just want people to take him as a young and promising talent. The new scouting system has recognised him as a young player with a lot of potential who will fit in well to English football, and we hope that he will adapt as quickly as possible to make sure he becomes a top class player."

Poyet has no doubt that the youngster can make the transition to football in England, and will be hopeful that the forward can feature regularly in the Npower Championship next season.


"I'm sure he is willing to come and keep learning and get stronger to adapt to our style. He will have to develop his understanding of the game too," the Uruguayan continued.

"Then it's up to me to make sure we get the best from him, that means playing to his strengths, which I know this team is capable of doing. It's then up to him to improve and score goals."

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