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Cologne have announced the £5 million signing of Sebastian Andersson, with the reported Celtic, West Brom and Newcastle United target opting to stay in Germany.

As Union Berlin midfielder Robert Andrich told Kicker, the departure of the Swedish international striker leaves the Bundesliga’s smallest club in a very difficult position.

Andersson was not only the 12-goal top scorer as Union defied the odds to secure a mid-table finish last term; a 6ft 3ins target man with the leap of a salmon was integral to their set-piece heavy game-plan.

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Union’s loss, then, will be Cologne’s gain, with Andersson putting pen to paper on a three-year deal after a bargain fee of £5 million was agreed.

“Sebastian is a physically strong player, who is strong in the area and on the ground – he is a player with fantastic mentality. He has made more than 100 appearances at the highest level and has constantly proven his ability to score goals,” Cologne director Horst Heldt told the Billy Goats’ official website.

“For me, new challenges are important,” the striker, who scored seven times last season with his head, adds.

“The move to Köln is now the next step. I’m looking forward to the adventure with this special club. I am a player, who works hard for the team, who always gives 100% and who wants to score goals to reach our season aims.”

Kicker reported in July that plenty of clubs in Britain, on both sides of the border, were interested in the late-blooming Scandinavian, including Celtic, Bournemouth, Newcastle and a West Brom side who are desperately trying to reinforce a less-than-prolific front line before the October transfer deadline.

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Celtic’s record transfer sales

  1. Kieran Tierney

    £25 million (Arsenal)

  2. Moussa Dembele

    £19.7 million (Lyon)

  3. Victor Wanyama

    £12.5 million (Southampton)

  4. Virgil van Dijk

    £11.5 million (Southampton)

  5. Fraser Forster

    £10 million (Southampton)

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