Dortmund sign Modeste from FC Koln as Haller replacement

Dortmund completed the signing of veteran Cologne striker Anthony Modeste to compensate for Sébastien Haller’s illness-enforced absence

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Koln striker Anthony Modeste. The club said that the 34-year-old Frenchman Modeste completed a medical check on Monday and signed a one-year deal with the club.

BVB recruited Sebastian Haller from Ajax to replace Erling Haaland, but the Ivory Coast international later discovered a testicular tumour during a pre-season training camp in Switzerland.

Modeste is a proven Bundesliga striker and has enjoyed excellent campaigns with both Koln and Hoffenheim, most recently netting 20 league goals last season.

Sporting director Sebastian Kehl said Dortmund were happy to be adding a “classic striker” to their squad for the current season.

Kehl described Modeste as a “seasoned professional who knows the Bundesliga very well, who scored 20 goals last season and who, with his profile, can take on exactly the role that our coach Edin Terzic envisages”.

Modeste scored 83 goals and set up 16 more in 190 Bundesliga games for Hoffenheim and three stints at Cologne. He scored 20 in 32 league appearances for Cologne last season.

Modeste said: “I am very grateful to FC Köln for the wonderful and successful time I had there. However, I have now decided to make a change. The offer from BVB has given me a special chance to play in the Champions League at my age and to prove myself at the highest level.

“I am delighted about this opportunity and I promise that I will give everything for the success of the team and the club.”

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