Wesley Verhoek signs four-year contract with Feyenoord

Feyenoord signed Wesley Verhoek on a four-year contract on transfer deadline day Friday. The 25-year-old winger comes from FC Twente. The deal sees Jerson Cabral, whose De Kuip contract was set to expire at the end of the season, move in the opposite direction. Verhoek will wear the number 11 shirt at Feyenoord.

Verhoek, a winger with a great cross in his boots, made his Eredivisie debut in 2004/2005 for ADO Den Haag, where he netted 27 times in eight seasons. That earned him a transfer to Enschede in the winter break of 2011/2012, where he scored once in eleven league games.

'Wesley was on our list of players we were followings all the time he was at ADO Den Haag,' explained technical director Martin van Geel. 'He is strong, pacey player with a great shot and he is in the prime of his career. He is also the type of player we expect the Feyenoord supporters to get behind.'

Cabral, who goes in the opposite direction, is a left-footed player who has been at Varkenoord since he was six. He progressed through the age groups, making his first-team debut in the home game against FC Utrecht in 2010. The 21-year-old, who did not want to extend his contract with the club, ultimately played 52 times for Feyenoord, scoring eight goals in all.

'This is the best solution for all parties,' concluded Van Geel. 'Jerson didn’t want to extend his contract and recently he’s been on the bench more often than he wanted. Cabral and Verhoek were both ready for a new challenge in their careers. I’m happy that we have reached agreement with FC Twente on that so soon and so painlessly.'

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