Valencia have signed Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert on a free transfer.

Kluivert left Newcastle at the end of the season after a disappointing year in the Premiership. They had an option to sign the 28-year-old for a further two years, but did not take it up.

“Valencia have reached a preliminary agreement with Dutch player Patrick Kluivert for the next three seasons with an option for an additional year,” read a club statement.

“The footballer who will arrive on a free transfer has agreed to the deal but this will only be effective if the player passes his medical that will be administered on June 9.”

The former Barcelona and Ajax player was expected to make a return to the Spanish league and Valencia have beaten off a clutch of suitors to sign him.

Kluivert has agreed a three-year deal with the option of another year with Valencia.

Kluivert’s transfer to Valencia is subject to a medical on 9 June.

He will become new Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores’s first signing since taking charge.

“Valencia is an enormous team and therefore I am very excited about this agreement,” Kluivert was quoted as saying by Dutch media.

“I have good memories of Spain and therefore I’m glad to make my return, I’m looking forward to playing in the Primera Liga again.”