Cologne sign Michael Rensing
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Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Michael Rensing will join Bundesliga strugglers Cologne in January's transfer window.

The 26-year-old, out of contract with the German champions since June, has accepted a contract with Cologne - currently third from bottom of the Bundesliga - until the end of the season.

Rensing replaces Colombian Faryd Mondragon who has quit Cologne to take up a post between the nets at American outfit Philadelphia. Rensing was the successor to Oliver Kahn at Bayern in 2008 but he failed to live up to then coach Jurgen Klinsmann's expectations and lost his place in Klinsmann's starting line-up to Jorg Butt.

Klinsmann's replacement, Louis van Gaal, gave Rensing a second chance at the start of the 2009-2010 campaign, only to return to Butt after only five games.

Rensing joins Cologne after interest from three other clubs - German second division side Hertha Berlin, La Liga's Real Mallorca and English Championship outfit Leicester City.