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FC Köln grab Club Brugge striker Dennis on loan

By Peter Vice

Relegation-threatened Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln confirmed late Monday evening that they secured the services of Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis through the end of the season. 

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A paltry record of three goals in their last eight Bundesliga fixtures left the Kölner Effzeh desperate for assistance in attack. On Monday evening, sporting director Horst Heldt confirmed that Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis would join the cathedral city club on loan through the end of the current campaign.

The 23-year-old Nigerian international has tallied 19 times in three plus seasons in the Belgian top flight. This year, he has made only nine Jupiler Pro League appearances and not scored yet. In last year's Champions League campaign, he scored three goals in six appearances. 

"With his finishing quality, he played himself onto the radar of many top clubs," Heldt noted in a statement. He also took care to emphasize that the talented attacker can play both as a center forward and on the flanks. 

Dennis' playing time this season has been drastically reduced as the player dealt with some familial issues and also ran into some disciplinary issues with the club's coaching staff.

"The last six months have not been easy for me," Dennis acknowledged when speaking to reporters, "As I like to play and score goals, I really wanted a change during this transfer period."

"I am very happy now to be at the FC," he added, "I'm well aware of the FC's sporting situation, and wish to make my contribution by making as many appearances and scoring as many goals as possible."

German media sources report that Köln paid €1.2 million in loan fees for the six-month arrangement.

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