Van Wolfswinkel makes shock Vitesse exit

Ricky van Wolfswinkel has completed a surprise move away from the Eredivisie to join Swiss giants FC Basel on a three-year deal for a reported €5 million transfer fee.

The Netherlands international striker enjoyed a renaissance of his career at his boyhood club last season, scoring 23 goals and registering six assists in 37 games – as Vitas finished fifth in the Eredivisie and won the KNVB Beker.

His brace in the KNVB final secured a 2-0 win against AZ Alkmaar, which was the club's first ever trophy in their 125-year history.

Nonetheless, the 28-year-old has joined the Swiss top-flight side in order to play Champions League football once again, which he did during his successful spell with Sporting Lisbon.

"I leave with a heavy heart, but this opportunity I could not let run," the former Norwich forward said upon his exit.

RotBlau sporting director, Marco Streller could not hide his delight after securing the signature of the prolific target man as a replacement for departing striker Marc Janko – who joined Sparta Prague.

"We were looking for a striker who has a certain experience and has proved in the past that he is a goal-scorer," Streller told the club's official website. 

"A striker with this requirement is very difficult to find because such players quickly become out of our price range.

"You can simply see the incredible quality that he brings with him. He was the second highest scorer in the Eredivisie and recently scored two goals to settled the cup final. I am really happy that he has signed for us."

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