Cologne sign Lanig

Cologne have signed midfielder Martin Lanig from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart with the 25-year-old signing a three-year contract with the club.

Lanig, who spent much of last season sidelined due to a serious knee injury, has signed for an undisclosed fee. He insists the injury is now behind him and that he is fit and raring to go with his new club.

"I feel good and have no problems at all with my knee and I am not behind in training either," he told the Cologne website. "I am not coming to Cologne for the money. I would like to achieve a lot with Cologne and the plans I know about have convinced me that Cologne is the right club for me."

Lanig has spent the last two years with Stuttgart, impressing in his first season since joining from Greuther Furth with four goals as a regular starter, but an injury picked up on the second day of last season ruled him out for the rest of the campaign. Nevertheless, Cologne believe he can return to his best with them next season.

"We are really happy to have been able to sign Martin Lanig for FC Cologne," said the club's general manager Michael Meier. "He is a midfielder who is very strong in the air and has a very powerful shot too. He will set the tone going forward and has an excellent overview of the game."