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Brighton complete second transfer in a week as they sign Joel Veltman from Ajax

Christian Pulisic of Chelsea FC and Joel Veltman of Ajax Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the signing of defender Joel Veltman from Ajax for an undisclosed fee. The Netherlands international is the second man to move to the AmEx this summer, following the acquisition of Adam Lallana from Liverpool on a free transfer. Brighton boss Graham Potter pointed to the experience Veltman, 28, possesses at the top level as a deciding factor in signing him. Transfers Brighton sign Ajax defender Joel Veltman 15 HOURS AGO "He has terrific experience from his time with Ajax including the Champions League," he said. "He's an excellent defender who can play at right-back and at centre half, but he's also comfortable in possession." Veltman came through the ranks in the Dutch capital, making over 200 appearances for the club and winning three Eredivisie titles.

Play Icon WATCH Jose Mourinho plots cheeky bargain deal for Inter 'outcast' - Euro Papers 00:01:40 Brighton avoided relegation from the Premier League by seven points and can now look forward to a fourth straight season of top-flight football. Eredivisie Ajax sign reported Chelsea target Antony from Sao Paulo 27/07/2020 AT 09:44 Joel Veltman in action for Ajax Brighton signed the Dutch international defender on three-year deal, with the Seagulls reportedly completing the deal by triggering a release clause in his contract, paying Ajax just over £900,000. Veltman made his Ajax debut in 2012 and has been with the club for 19 years, having come through the club's academy system, making over 200 appearances for the Dutch giants and winning 22 caps for his country. And Veltman has decided to to wear No 34 shirt as a tribute to former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed during a friendly in 2017 and went into an induced coma. The Ajax prodigy, now 23-years-old, suffered permanent brain damage.

"I'm wearing 34 because of Appie Nouri," Veltman said to the Brighton club website. "Everybody knows what happened that day in Austria. Besides he was an amazing player and an amazing person. "That's the most important thing for me and that's why I'm wearing that number on my shirt." Brighton's new defender, when asked about what Nouri would have thought about his move to the Premier League, said: "He would love it, I think. "He was a friend, besides being a team-mate.

He was a friend of everybody, so everyone was loving him and still loving him of course." Former Ajax defender Joel Veltman is delighted with his move to Brighton. Two days after Albion brought in Adam Lallana, he was joined by the 28-year-old right-back who has agreed a three-year contract. He said, "I spoke with [Ajax chief executive and former Manchester United and Fulham goalkeeper] Edwin van der Sar about the Premier League and the tempo in all of the matches, it is similar to the Champions League. But that was four game in one season whereas the Premier League is all day every day. It will be different but I'm looking forward to it.

"I can't wait to get started. I have seen a lot of Brighton games on TV and the Amex stadium looked amazing, but it is not until you see it yourself that you realise how good it is. "The training facilities are fantastic too. The Dutch League finished in April, so it's been quite frustrating in the last few weeks not being able to train, but I'm delighted to be a Seagulls player and looking forward to the challenge of my new challenge and the Premier League." The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Brighton have announced the signing of Holland international defender Joel Veltman from Ajax. The 28-year-old won three Eredivisie medals in Amsterdam and was also named in the league's team of the year on three separate occasions. Having come through the Ajax academy, he now moves to Premier League side Brighton after agreeing terms on a three-year contract. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines "We're delighted to welcome Joel to the club," head coach Graham Potter said. "He has terrific experience from his time with Ajax including the Champions League and, of course, with the Dutch national team. "He's an excellent defender who can play at right-back and at centre-half, but he's also comfortable in possession. "He is really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League and we're delighted he is now a Brighton player and we're looking forward to working with him." Capped 22 times by Holland, Veltman was part of the 2014 World Cup squad and also played in Ajax's Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in 2017. He becomes the second arrival at the AMEX Stadium this week after England international Adam Lallana joined the Seagulls following his departure from Liverpool. Never miss a thing after Whites clinch Premier League promotion - sign up for free email updates Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Leeds United fans are getting excited after Brighton and Hove Albion completed the signing of a defender on Wednesday. Brighton brought in Joel Veltman yesterday as they look to strengthen ahead of the new season. And many have suggested it could mean Ben White is allowed to rejoin Leeds United. White played a crucial part in United's Championship title win and promotion and it would be huge for Marcelo Bielsa and his Premier League plans if he was able to get the promising centre-back for another season. Though, Brighton boss Graham Potter has suggested White is going nowhere. He said: "He's our player, he's got a long contract with us. "I have known Ben for a while, I have been aware of him, wanted to try and sign him when we were at Swansea. "I know about his qualities. He's a fantastic player. He's done brilliantly at Leeds and helped them get promotion - that's fantastic for them, fantastic for him - but he's our player and we're looking forward to working with him. (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images) "He complements us really well. He's got attributes that are really, really useful and he's going to be a top player." Things change, however, and Leeds fans are hoping that is the case after the Seagulls signed Veltman from Ajax. Brighton paid just £900,000 for Veltman - activating his release clause - despite the 27-year-old being an experienced defender at a high level. Veltman made 179 league appearances for Ajax since 2012, winning 22 caps for Netherlands. How to purchase our souvenir print edition to celebrate Leeds United's promotion On Friday, July 17 Leeds United were promoted to the Premier League, bringing their 16-year top flight exile to a close. The Championship title followed the very next day, ending a 28-year trophy drought. Wins against Derby County and Charlton Athletic followed before skipper Liam Cooper hoisted up the Championship trophy, as the party atmosphere continued across the city and beyond. To mark such a momentous occasion in the club's recent history, LeedsLive are going into the print for the very first time and producing a special 40-page promotion souvenir edition. A season like this deserves to be remembered, so we will bring you our best work from the 2019-20 campaign, along with fresh analysis, features and insight from our Leeds United team of Joe Mewis and Beren Cross. All you need to do to receive a copy is sign up to our Leeds Live United newsletter and pay for postage only to get this one-off memento delivered directly to your home. We will also email you over our pre-season preview supplement before the new season kicks off as we look ahead to Bielsa's men making some noise back in the big-time, where we will be with you every step of the way. But before then, the celebrations will continue - and this one-off special edition is the perfect way to remember an amazing campaign. For full details on how to order your copy, please click here. But can he keep White out of the team, or could he be a potential partner for the 22-year-old? In truth, it could be neither with Veltman being a right-back as well as a centre-back. If Potter does indeed play him as a right-back, Veltman's arrival would be no such boost in Leeds' hopes of landing White after all.