Iron boss Mark Robins has admitted Scunthorpe United beat off a host of other clubs to agree a three and a half year deal with striker Kevin van Veen.
Robins told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “I’m pleased to get it agreed because there have been a number of clubs interested and there were more and more by the minute last night.
“I was always fairly positive with everything. Things take time and there were a lot of twists and turns, but it was fairly straightforward.
“We met him before, a few months ago, and we’ve been developing the relationship. I think that stood us in good stead in the long run.
“We’d done all the selling prior to getting him in. There were managers ringing the agent last night once we’d concluded the deal. It was interesting to see the names and people linked.”
Van Veen will not be part of the Scunthorpe squad for Saturday’s game at Leyton Orient but will be back at Glanford Park at the beginning of next week to train ahead of the Oldham clash.
“The chairman has been fantastic, as usual, Lee Turnbull has played a good part and myself and Ned (Kelly) have been to see him.
“It could end up being a real coup for us. There has certainly been a lot of interest in him and we’re pleased to get it over the line.”