VANCOUVER (Reuters) -- The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Gambian international striker Mustapha Jarju as their second designated player, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club said on Tuesday.

Jarju joins the Whitecaps from Belgian club RAEC Mons for whom he scored 18 league goals last season as the team won promotion to the top flight.

The 24-year-old, who has made 25 appearances for Gambia, joins Vancouver as a designated player, the MLS status which allows clubs to sign up to three players whose wages can be mostly paid outside of the salary cap.

Jarju joins French striker Eric Hassli as the team's second designated player.

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