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Brighton sign midfielder Propper from PSV for club record fee

Football Soccer - PSV Eindhoven v CSKA Moscow - Champions League Group Stage - Group B - Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands - 08/12/15 - PSV Eindhoven's Davy Propper celebrates scoring his side's winning goal. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Football Soccer - PSV Eindhoven v CSKA Moscow - Champions League Group Stage - Group B - Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands - 08/12/15 - PSV Eindhoven's Davy Propper celebrates scoring his side's winning goal. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

(Reuters) - Premier League newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion signed Dutch international Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven on a four-year contract on Monday.

Brighton did not disclose how much they had paid for the 25-year-old midfielder, but said in a statement that the club had broken its transfer record to sign him.

Its previous reported transfer record was 5.2 million pounds, paid earlier this summer to Valencia for Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Propper, who began his career with Vitesse Arnhem, scored 10 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for PSV last season.

"Davy is a player with great experience of the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem and PSV Eindhoven," Brighton manager Chris Hughton told the club's website. (www.brightonandhovealbion.com)

"There is no doubting his pedigree, Davy has played a number of matches in the Champions League for PSV, as well as international football for the Netherlands.

"He's a strong competitor as a central midfielder and will complement our existing midfield players, and he is also a really good age at 25; we are absolutely delighted to welcome him to the club."

($1 = 0.7678 pounds)

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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