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Schalke seal Kuranyi coup

German international striker Kevin Kuranyi has joined Bundesliga runners-up FC Schalke 04 from VfB Stuttgart.

Buy-out clause
The 23-year-old has penned a five-year deal with the Gelsenkirchen club after informing Stuttgart president Erwin Staudt that he intended to make use of the buy-out clause in his contract. The fee has not been disclosed but is thought to be in the region of €7m.

Prolific goalscorer
Kuranyi made 99 league appearances for Stuttgart following his debut in 1997, scoring 40 goals. He collected 24 international caps during that time, scoring at a rate of a goal every two games and is included in Jürgen Klinsmann's squad for the forthcoming FIFA Confederations Cup.