Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon is confident he has found a “real quality” frontman in the form of Nick van der Velden.
The 34-year-old Dutchman, who counts Willem II, AZ Alkmaar and Groningen among his former sides, has agreed a one-year deal with the Tangerines.
While the final paperwork has yet to be completed, McKinnon believes he has unearthed the ideal player to fire United to success this season.
McKinnon, whose team welcomes Cowdenbeath to Tannadice tonight for the second of their Betfred Cup group games, said: “We are delighted to get Nick on board.
“He is a very good player.
“He has that bit of real quality we have been looking for and will be a great addition.
“Contacts in Holland recommended him to me and he played well in a bounce game for us.
“He will bring goals and creativity.
“He is six-foot-two, has experience and quality.
“He can play up front or our wide so he brings versatility, as well as having a good football brain.
“Nick is a great specimen and I think he will be able to play at our level with his eyes closed.”
McKinnon has been helped in his recruitment drive by former United defender Freddy van der Hoorn, who played a major role in convincing his compatriot that the Tangerines were a better option than Kilmarnock.