Premier League - United complete Buttner signing

Manchester United have completed the signing of Vitesse Arnhem left-back Alexander Buttner on a five-year deal.

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Brett Holman of AZ Alkmaar (R) fights for the ball with Alexander Buttner (L) of Vitesse Arnhem (AFP)

Buttner, 23, becomes United's second recent Dutch acquisition following Robin van Persie's move from Arsenal to Old Trafford last week.

The defender, who was included in a provisional Netherlands squad for Euro 2012 but did not make the final 23, arrives at Old Trafford as competition for established first choice Patrice Evra.

United allowed Brazilian full-back Fabio to join QPR on loan for the season and found themselves light in the position.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Alexander is one of the best young left-backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him. He's someone we've been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position."

Buttner made 119 appearances for Arnhem after making his debut in the 2007-08 season, scoring 10 times.

He said: "Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life. It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my team-mates and play my part in helping the club be successful."

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