Confirmed: Former Blackburn Rovers loanee Anthony Modeste signs four-year deal with German club

Ewood Park

FC Koln have signed Anthony Modeste from fellow German side Hoffenheim.

As per FC Koln’s official website, the Bundesliga club have agreed a deal with Hoffenheim for former Blackburn Rovers flop Anthony Modeste.

The 27-year-old striker moved to Ewood Park on loan from French outfit Bordeaux in the January transfer window during their ill-fated 2011/12 relegation campaign.

He arrived with plenty of expectations, but after failing to find the net in nine Premier League outings his feeble attempts at saving the club from the drop meant he quickly became a scapegoat.

A petulant red-card in a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion – practically condemning the club to relegation – did little to change public opinion, and many were glad he wasn’t signed permanently.

Since then, after a return to France Modeste soon found himself at Hoffenheim where 19 league goals in 36 starts over two years for the German outfit have prompted a switch to Bundesliga rivals Koln.

The 27-year-old put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal on Friday, a remarkable turn of events considering his failure to make any sort of positive impact during his brief stint in the Premier League.

Koln finished 12th in the Bundesliga last season, but with 50,000 supporters turning up to cheer the big-city team on they will hope for a much better in the ensuing campaign.

Blackburn, since their relegation, have failed to get out of the Championship in three attempts and with FFP hindering their plans they may find themselves stuck in the second-tier for some time yet.

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