AZ Alkmaar have agreed a deal to sign NEC Nijmegen defender Rens van Eijden on a free transfer this summer.

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vn eijden necThe 28-year-old is out of contract in Nijmegen this summer, and AZ have swooped to bring the experienced defender to Alkmaar, pending a medical. Van Eijden will sign a contract until 2020.

Technical director Max Huiberts told the AZ website,  “With Rens van Eijden we pick an experienced and very solid defender.

“At NEC, he has long been a driving force and leader. He is a natural leader who knows the ropes. That is something that a young team like AZ needs. ”

Van Eijden started his career with PSV before joining Willem II on loan in 2008. A year in Tilburg then convinced NEC Nijmegen to sign the centre back from PSV, and Van Eijden has been with the club for seven years, making 187 Eredivisie appearances.

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