Marica signs for Stuttgart

Romanian striker Ciprian Marica has signed for German champions VfB Stuttgart from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, the Bundesliga champions announced on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old has scored five goals for his country in 16 appearances and has signed a four-year contract with last season's Bundesliga champions.

He first came to Stuttgart coach Armin Veh's attention in November 2005 when he scored a late goal for Shakhtar Donetsk in their 2-0 UEFA Cup win over VfB Stuttgart.

"He's a flexible striker and always causes problems for opposition defences," said Veh about the new signing who will wear the number 20 shirt for VfB.