22 Aug 2012

Buttner joins United

6:29 am on 22 August 2012

The English football club Manchester United have completed the signing of Alexander Buttner from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem for an undisclosed fee.

The Dutch international defender, who went close to signing for Southampton earlier this year, has signed a five-year deal.

Buttner was picked in the Netherlands' provisional squad for Euro 2012 but was not selected for the tournament.

United manager Alex Ferguson has been in the market for cover for first-choice left-back Patrice Evra all off-season after allowing Fabio to join QPR on loan for the season.