Swansea complete signing of Mike van der Hoorn

The defender arrives in South Wales after leaving Ajax.

Swansea complete signing of Mike van der Hoorn
Mike van der Hoorn poses with his new club colours. (Photo: Swansea City AFC)

Swansea City have completed the signing of defender Mike van der Hoorn for an undisclosed fee, with reports suggesting that the deal is one worth £2.3 million.

Van der Hoorn arrives from Dutch giants Ajax, leaving his native Netherlands to become Swansea's second signing in as many days after the arrival of fellow countryman Leroy Fer yesterday.

The defender pens a three-year deal in South Wales after agreeing personal terms and completing a successful medical in the past few days, with the two clubs having agreed a fee for the player over a week ago.

Paving the way

Van der Hoorn's arrival follows the departure of another centre-back, Kyle Bartley, who joined Leeds United on a season-long loan earlier this week.

Bartley was expected to leave South Wales this summer before a deal for the Dutchman was struck, but the news that a fee had been a agreed with Ajax simply paved the way for the out-of-favour defender to leave.

Bartley joined Swansea following his release from Arsenal in 2012, but has failed to make an impact at the Liberty Stadium since. His last appearance in the white of the club came in January, but he was far from favoured once Francesco Guidolin arrived, with the Italian not even giving him a game off the bench in the second half of the season.

Kyle Bartley joined Leeds earlier this week, reuniting with former manager Garry Monk. (Photo: Leeds United FC)
Kyle Bartley joined Leeds earlier this week, reuniting with former manager Garry Monk. (Photo: Leeds United FC)

Could Amat be next?

Another man who's future is thrown into question with this signing is Jordi Amat's.

The Spaniard was Swansea's third-choice centre-back last term, but van der Hoorn's arrival could push him even further down the pecking order.

Amat signed a new deal with the club only last season, but he could be tempted to leave already given that his playing time looks likely to be reduced even further this term.

The 24-year-old made eight Premier League appearances for the Swans last season, three of which came from the bench.