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Janko to fill Falcao void at Porto

Liga Sagres champions Porto have signed Austria striker Marc Janko from Eredivisie club Twente on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Janko, 28, has been in talks with Europa League winners Porto since Sunday, after his agent Rob Jansen travelled to Portugal with the intention of thrashing out an agreement.

An undisclosed fee has now been agreed between the two clubs, and Janko is happy with the personal terms on offer from the Liga Sagres title-holders.

“It was very strange for me when there was much (of the deal) still to be completed,” Janko told Sport Promotion.

“Of course you assume that everything will be okay, but still, what if it does not happen? Now everything is done and I can therefore only be satisfied.”

“Porto is of course a great club to play for. Not only in Portugal but also in Europe. They qualify for the Champions League almost all the time and I consider it an honour to represent this club.”

Janko explained the reason why Porto were in hot pursuit of his services, pinpointing the club’s lack of a clinical finisher since the departure of Radamel Falcao to Atletico Madrid in August.

“Goals, that is what is expected of me,” Janko said.

“The club was looking for a ‘killer’ in the penalty area, so they came to me. I’ll do everything possible to meet these expectations.”

A 24-cap Austria international, Janko made his name at Red Bull Salzburg between 2005 and 2010, where he netted an impressive 75 goals in 108 league appearances, before earning a move to then-Eredivisie champions Twente.

Janko managed to sustain his goal-scoring form in the Netherlands, reaching double figures in each of his two seasons in Enschede, including a haul of 17 to date this season.

“I’ve always done my best, trying to score as many as I could,” he said.

“I could not do more than that as a player … I have had a wonderful time at Twente and appreciate the fans’ support.”

Tue 31 January, 2012
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