Nottingham Forest have signed the Dutch striker Lars Veldwijk from Excelsior for an undisclosed fee

The 22-year-old has put pen to a three-year contract at a cost of £500,000 worth up to £1m with add-ons, according to De Telegraaf.

Owner Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “I am pleased to unveil Lars Veldwijk as our latest arrival. I encourage all the fans to make him feel at home in Nottingham. His goalscoring record is very impressive and I hope he continues now he has become a Red.”

The 6’5” Dutchman scored 34 goals in 42 appearances for Excelsior last season, firing them to promotion to the Eredivisie, and was watched by Stuart Pearce in several games.

Brian Eastick said: “Stuart went to watch him play at the end of the season and I went to watch him play on a couple of occasions and we think that he’s got very good potential.

“He’s probably not one to come into the team straight away and hit the ground running but we do certainly see him breaking into the first team squad once he gets settled in.”

Veldwijk, who turns 23 in August, was said to be attracting interest from newly-promoted Leicester City, having turned down a move to Roda JC in January.

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