Dortmund sign ex-Blackburn striker Anthony Modeste as Sebastien Haller’s replacement after testicular tumour diagnosis

 

BORUSSIA DORTMUND have announced the signing of forward Anthony Modeste.

Modeste joins after agreeing a one-year deal with the Black and Yellows.

The 34-year-old has been called in as an emergency replacement for Sebastien Haller, who was diagnosed with a testicular tumour earlier this summer.

Haller joined the club from Ajax for a reported fee of £27million.

But following his diagnosis, the German club needed to look for a replacement, landing on Cologne striker Modeste.

In a statement on the club’s website, Dortmund said: “Borussia Dortmund has reacted to the long-term absence of the ill Haller and signed a centre forward in Modeste.

“The 34-year-old Frenchman, who is moving from FC Cologne, completed the medical check in Dortmund today and signed a one-year contract in the evening.”

Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl added: “We made a conscious decision after analysing the past season to sign a more classic striker who gives our offensive game a certain physicality, who’s good at heading the ball and a goal threat.

“Against the background of Haller’s illness, we are happy that we were able to add such a striker to our squad at short notice with Modeste for the current season.

“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 envisions for BVB football.”

Modeste has 99 goal contributions in 189 games in the Bundesliga, and previously played for Blackburn Rovers in 2012 where he made nine appearances.

Cologne are set to receive just over £4.2m from the transfer.

But head coach Steffen Baumgart described the deal as making him “sick,” as he loses his side’s top goalscorer from last season – with Modeste scoring 20 times in 32 games.

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