Utrecht complete Gerndt swoop
FC Utrecht have signed their third Swedish player this summer with the capture of forward Alexander Gerndt.
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 21/07/11 10:03am
FC Utrecht have signed their third Swedish player this summer with the capture of forward Alexander Gerndt from Helsingborgs.
Gerndt, the top scorer in the Allsvenskan last season, follows fellow Swedes Johan Martensson and Marcus Nilsson to the Galgenwaard Stadium.
A host of European sides, including West Brom, Blackburn and Fulham, were thought to be interested in the 25-year-old, but Utrecht have won the race for his signature.
The Sweden international will delay his arrival at Utrecht until August 1st so that he is available to play for Helsingborgs in the first leg of their third round Europa League qualifying clash on July 28th.
Utrecht chairman Jan Willem van Dop told the club's official website: "I must say that we have a very successful period (of transfers) behind us.
"We had our sights focused on three players and we have signed all three.
"For the three Swedes, but especially Gerndt, there was also much interest from other clubs, but thanks to the decisive and the good 'story' of FC Utrecht they have chosen our club.
"The boys are stable, strong personalities and they saw the outlook that FC Utrecht offers. They have chosen our approach, our system.
"This means that a move to FC Utrecht can mean a great step toward the next big step."
Nilsson will arrive at Utrecht at week ahead of Gerndt on July 24th after playing his last game for Helsingborgs against Malmo.