Eintracht Frankfurt sporting head Markus Krösche has officially ruled out signing a free-agent striker to replace the departed Randal Kolo Muani.
Eintracht were linked with German Bundesliga veteran Anthony Modeste last week, but the 35-year-old ultimately opted to sign with Egyptian outfit Al Ahly yesterday. The most valuable free-agent striker with Bundesliga experience left on the market is 31-year-old Ishak Belfodil. It appears that the SGE has no interest in the former Bremen, Hoffenheim, and Hertha forward or indeed any others who may be signed outside of the transfer window. Krösche noted that some recent promotions - Noel Futkeu and Ignacio "Nacho" Ferri Julia - from the reserves might be able to assist.
"I have total confidence in the team," Krösche told Germany's "Sport Bild" tabloid, "Although we couldn't sign a direct replacement for Randal, we have a deep squad, many different types of players who can now step into the breach. There are also a few players from the second team who help fill the gaps. Signing a player without a club is therefore not an option for us."