AZ Alkmaar’s latest signing is the young midfielder Steven Berghuis according to the technical director Earnest Stewart, who has said that the acquisition will prove to be a major factor in helping AZ Alkmaar towards the title this season. Earnest Stewart has not revealed the transfer fee that the club has paid for FC Twente in order to secure the services of Steven Berghuis. The 20-year-old midfielder is expected to go straight into the first-team as a replacement for Brett Holman. FC Twente have taken the decision to sell the star asset rather than risk him to losing him for nothing after two seasons because he only had two years left on his current contract.

It is thought that Steven Berghuis has signed a five-year contract with the club, which will see him be at the club until 2017. He has been playing professional football only in the last two seasons. He has been spending time on loan at various clubs during his two seasons, but has impressed at every single loan spell. Earnest Stewart has expressed his delight at being able to capture a player of the quality of Steven Berghuis. He has also identified Steven Berghuis as the ideal replacement for Brett Holman.

“During my holidays in Portugal, I came to know from my agent Louis Laros that FC Twente are negotiating with AZ over my transfer this summer. I had no problems striking a deal with the Alkmaar outfit, and signed a five-year deal with one ambition: To develop myself as a better footballer and human being,” said the player. “Steven has very good technique. He has been in our plans for quite some time, and we have offered him a long contract to show our confidence in his abilities. He will surely fit in perfectly in our plans,” said Stewart.