AZ strictly Letschert and leases Ouwejan to Udinese

AZ has reinforced itself with Timo Letschert. The 27-year-old central defender has agreed on a three-year contract in Alkmaar. He was transfer free. AZ will let Thomas Ouwejan leave at the same time. The 23-year-old left back is rented to Udinese.

Letschert played in the Netherlands for FC Groningen, Roda JC and FC Utrecht and was sold by Utrecht to the Italian Sassuolo in 2016. Last season he was active for Hamburger SV.

Option to buy for Udinese

Thomas Ouwejan goes for a year on a rental basis to Serie A-club Udinese, which has negotiated an option to buy. The defender was educated at AZ and made his debut in the main force in 2015. His contract in Alkmaar runs until mid 2023.

Last season Ouwejan lost his base place to Owen Wijndal. Last Monday he extended his contract until mid 2023. At Udinese he will meet Bram Nuytinck, Hidde ter Avest, Marvin Zeegelaar and William Troost-Ekong.