Heerenveen have confirmed the signing of centre-back Nicolai Naess from MLS side Columbus Crew. 

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With Joost van Aken leaving for Sheffield Wednesday earlier on Wednesday, Heerenveen have moved quickly to sign his replacement, with Naess signing a two-year deal in Friesland with the option for another.

Technical manager Gerry Hamstra told Heerenveen’s website, “We’ve been following Nicolai for a long time and we’re glad to see that he’s now strengthening our selection. Although he’s only 24, Nicolai already has a lot of experience. It is a player who can play in multiple positions in both midfield and defense. ”

Naess started his career with Valerenga before joining Stabaek IF in 2013. Last summer he left to join Columbus Crew and made 32 appearances for the MLS side.

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