In-demand striker Rigters signs for Blackburn
In-demand Dutch striker Maceo Rigters has signed for Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.
Rovers had been following the progress of the 23-year-old for some time and the NAC Breda forward agreed a four-year deal after a passing a medical at Ewood Park today.
Rigters had been linked with Newcastle, Celtic and Rangers and finished top scorer at the recent European Under-21 championships.
It was he who scored the spectacular overhead kick in the last minute against England that led to Holland securing an epic penalty shoot-out victory.
Blackburn chairman John Williams said: 'We have been following him for some time after Mark Hughes identified him as a player he would be interested in.'
Rigters' arrival however could be an indication that Blackburn expect to lose Benni McCarthy.
The free-scoring South African striker has made no secret of the fact he would like to be at a club playing in the Champions League.
Rigters is Blackburn's second capture of the summer - it came hours after the signing of goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen.
The 20-year-old Faroe Islands Under-21 international has penned a two-year deal with the option of a further year after Rovers agreed a 'small fee' with Danish club BK Frem Copenhagen.
Nielsen, who enjoyed a successful trial back in May, told Rovers World: 'I am very pleased - it is a massive opportunity for me just to develop in the best league in the world.
'I'm glad that the manager and staff believe in me and I won't let them down.'