Motherwell have completed the signing of Dutch forward Kevin Van Veen on a two-year contract.

The striker reunites with ‘Well manager Graham Alexander, the pair working together while Alexander was Scunthorpe boss. Van Veen moves north after his most recent spell with the Iron. He earned the nickname ‘Budget Bergkamp’ for his time at Glanford Park and Motherwell beat clubs north and south of the border to his signature.

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Van Veen is with Motherwell. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The League Two side offered Van Veen a new contract at the start of 2020 but the offer was pulled at the end of the season. Van Veen scored two goals with three assists in 21 matches last term, his season disrupted by fitness issues, which resulted in the 30-year-old having a knee operation.

Alexander got him firing at Scunthorpe in the 2016/17 campaign, the striker scoring 12 goals with eight assists in the current Motherwell boss’ first full season at the then-League One club. It still stands as Van Veen’s best season in UK football since arriving from Dutch club TOP Oss in 2015.

He is Motherwell’s fourth summer signing after Connor Shields, Justin Amaluzor and Kaiyne Woolery, with the club still assessing several trialists and wanting to add plenty of fresh faces. Alexander said: “Kevin’s a player I know very well from my time in England and I’m delighted to bring him up to Motherwell.

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Moving to ML1. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

“He’s made a great impression on the other players while training with us. His ability on the ball and to score goals is something that we will all benefit from. I know how excited he is about this challenge, and we’re just as happy to have him. I am certain he can help achieve success.”

Motherwell begin their competitive 2020/21 season this month in the Premier Sport Cup group stages, which includes an away trip to Lanarkshire rivals Airdrieonians.

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