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By ESPN Staff
Jan 13, 2006

Leverkusen sign striker Kiessling from Nuremberg

BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Bayer Leverkusen have acquired Germany's under-21 international striker Stefan Kiessling from Nuremberg on a contract to mid-2010.

The clubs did not provide any financial details but German media reported a fee of five million euros.

'We're proud to have beaten a number of big name competitors to get Stefan Kiessling,' Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller said, referring to reports that Arsenal and Bayern Munich have also been pursuing the 21-year-old.

'I think he's one of the most talented German players. I'm certain that he'll have a great career with us.'

Leverkusen are 12th in the 18-strong Bundesliga which resumes on Jan. 27 after the winter break.