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Dennis Bergkamp nephew Roland joins Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton have signed Dutch striker Roland Bergkamp - nephew of Arsenal legend Dennis - on a two-year deal.

The Seagulls will pay compensation to Eredivisie side Excelsior for the 20-year-old whose move is subject to gaining international clearance.

Boss Gus Poyet told the club website: "He is a totally different player to Dennis and we don't want people to compare him."

The youngster scored five goals in 28 games for Excelsior last season.

Poyet added: "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."

He will have to develop his understanding of the game

Gus Poyet

The Uruguayan believes Bergkamp has the attributes to make the transition to English football.

"I'm sure he is willing to come and keep learning and get stronger to adapt to our style," he said.

"He will have to develop his understanding of the game too.

"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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see also
Chief scout Aranalde quits Albion
21 Jun 11 |  Brighton
Brighton sign Watford's Buckley
07 Jun 11 |  Watford
Top scorer Murray leaves Brighton
20 May 11 |  Brighton


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