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Burnley sign up van der Schaaf

Remco van der Schaaf
Van der Schaaf made 29 appearances for Vitesse in 2007/8

Burnley have signed Dutch midfielder Remco van der Schaaf on a free transfer after his release by Vitesse Arnhem.

The 29-year-old has penned a three-year deal and becomes Manager Owen Coyle's fifth acquisition of the summer.

"He's a player we've been tracking for some time, we've had him watched and he will be a tremendous addition to the club," Coyle told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"He's terrific on the ball and we're excited to be working with him, he patrols in front of the back four."

"There was loads of interest elsewhere, it's been on-going for a bit but we convinced him to come.

"We were aware of him as early as January, he's a type of player we don't have and he gives us that defensive side."


The former Holland Under-21 international has Champions League experience which included a place on the bench for PSV Eindhoven in their semi-final against AC Milan in 2005.

Van Der Schaaf will join up with the Burnley squad for their mini-tour of the United States.

Meanwhile has Coyle said he is still looking to sign a further two players before the Clarets' opening game of the Championship at Sheffield Wednesday on 9 August.

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