Brett Holman of AZ Alkmaar (R) fights for the ball with Alexander Buttner (L) of Vitesse Arnhem (AFP) - AFP
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United set to sign Dutch defender

United set to sign Dutch defender

By Eurosport
Last update The 20/08/2012 at 10:07 -
By Eurosport - The 20/08/2012 at 10:07
Manchester United look set to bolster their ranks with the signing of defender Alexander Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem.

According to reports in Holland, the 23-year-old left-back has flown to England to undergo a medical with United on Monday ahead of penning a five-year contract.

Buttner was quoted as saying in Omroep Gelderland: "This is truly a dream come true. It all went very quickly and I am of course very happy."

Neither United or Vitesse have made any official announcement regarding Buttner.

Buttner has been regularly linked with a move to England this summer and had looked poised to join Southampton with Vitesse announcing in July they had agreed a deal with the Barclays Premier League newcomers, but that switch fell through.

Buttner, who can also operate at right-back, came through the youth system at Vitesse.

The Doetinchem-born player made 107 appearances for the Dutch club and was named in Holland's provisional 36-man squad for Euro 2012, although he did not eventually go to the finals.