Brighton have smashed their transfer record by splashing the princely sum of £14.1m on striker Jurgen Locadia from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
The 24-year old Dutchman has put on to paper on a deal that will take him till June 2022 at the South Coast club.
Speaking about Locadia, who scored 9 goals in 15 appearances for PSV this season, Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: “We are delighted to have signed Jurgen and pleased to welcome him to the club.”
“He is a player we have been aware of for sometime and it’s been no secret we have wanted to add a striker of his type.
“He is a strong, powerful and quick centre-forward with a real eye for goal, and will increase our attacking options in the second half of the season.” he added.
Brighton paid Belgian side Club Brugge a club record fee of £13.5m to sign Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo last August but that has now been eclipsed by Locadia’s transfer fee.
Brighton have struggled for goals in their first season in the Premier League with 17 goals from 23 games and only bottom team Swansea City have scored less than that goal tally.
They would hoping Locadia, who will wear the number 25 shirt and has represented the Netherlands at all levels from under-17s to under-21s, is able to provide a consistent goal threat for the team.
He is yet to win his first cap for the Netherlands despite being called up to the team.
Speaking further about Locadia, Hughton said: “Jurgen already has a prolific goal record with PSV in the Dutch top division and it is one we hope he can continue here with us in the Premier League.”