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Wolves sign Heerenveen winger Rajiv van La Parra

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Wolves today announced their second summer signing with the arrival of Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra.

Wolves have signed Heerenveen winger Rajiv van La Parra

The 23-year-old winger is out of contract with top-flight Dutch club Heerenveen and has signed a three-year deal at Molineux after choosing Wolves ahead of several clubs.

A skilful and pacy winger, van La Parra has been capped by the Netherlands to the Under-21s, and Wolves have been tracking van La Parra for the last 18 months.

Last season, van La Parra made 32 appearances, scoring five goals and added six assists as Heerenveen finished fifth in the Dutch Eredivisie, totalling 86 appearances and 14 goals in his three years there.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett said: "He's a talented winger who can play on either side and will be a good addition to that area of the squad.

"He's also an ambitious and driven character who is determined to make an impression in English football."

Van La Parra said: "I'm very happy to sign and it's a good step for my career.

"Wolves is a big club with a big history and it's good for me to come here and try to play a lot of games.

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"I like English football and the way teams play and hopefully it's something I'll fit in to.

"People here live for football and I have that same feeling – hopefully I can show the supporters and everyone at Wolves some good things.

"It's a physical challenge where you have to be tough in the duels in the Championship but the aim for all of us is to try to go to the Premier League."

Van La Parra knows a bit of Wolves' history through their famous Dutch import – John De Wolf.

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"I know of John De Wolf because he was a big player for Feyenoord and I'm a supporter of Feyenoord!" he said.

"I haven't really spoken with people who have played here but certainly with people who know this league and how they see it.

"I ask what they'd think if I signed for Wolves and for some information and they always give me good advice.

"I took that advice to make my decision and I'm delighted to be here."

"It will be easy to settle here and I know the language too."

Van La Parra started his career at his hometown club Feyenoord, and was signed by Caen in summer 2008.

After three seasons with the French club - including contributing to a promotion to the top division - he moved to Heerenveen.

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