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Mpenza heading for Hamburg

Published: Tuesday 18 May 2004, 10.34CET
Emile Mpenza has joined Hamburger SV, who have allowed Milan Fukal to move to VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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Published: Tuesday 18 May 2004, 10.34CET

Mpenza heading for Hamburg

Emile Mpenza has joined Hamburger SV, who have allowed Milan Fukal to move to VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Belgium striker Emile Mpenza is returning to the Bundesliga after agreeing a four-year contract with Hamburger SV.

Standard success
The 25-year-old spent four years in Germany with FC Schalke 04 but left last summer despite scoring 28 goals in 79 games. Mpenza spent the 2003/04 season with R. Standard de Liege and enjoyed a successful campaign with 21 goals in 28 appearances as the club finished third.

Schalke agreement
Mpenza, who was due to have a medical today, will cost a reported €2.5m. Schalke had to agree to the transfer as they had a clause which required Standard to ask permission before Mpenza could return to the Bundesliga.

Fukal leaving
Meanwhile, Hamburg have let versatile defender Milan Fukal join Bundesliga rivals VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on a free transfer. The Czech international has signed a three-year contract. Fukal, 29, said: "I am really looking forward to playing for Borussia. I think the club has got a bright future."

Last updated: 18/05/04 11.41CET

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