Cologne capture Lurling
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cologne have won the race for Feyenoord striker Anthony Lurling.Freshly-promoted Bundesliga club Cologne have won the race for Anthony Lurling.
The Feyenoord striker has been handed a contract with Cologne until 2008, after the Goats fended off interest from Arminia Bielefeld and Austria Vienna for his services.
The Dutch attacker was regarded as surplus to requirements at De Kuip and spent last season on loan with NAC Breda after falling out with former coach Ruud Gullit.
Despite Gullit's farewell and the appointment of Erwin Koeman, the Dutch giants told Lurling that he would be better served by finding a new club and the experienced forward, who scored 48 goals in 170 Eredivisie games, jumped at the chance to continue his career in Germany.
Cologne are set to face a struggle against relegation next term and new boss Uwe Rapolder will hope that the established marksman is able to keep the Goats in the German top flight.