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Schalke agree Sam deal

Schalke have agreed a €2.5million deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen attacker Sidney Sam at the end of the season.

Sam, 25, is in the midst of a sterling campaign for Leverkusen, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions.

However, Sami Hyypia’s men are set to lose the Germany international, with Schalke taking advantage of a buy-out clause in Sam’s contract to get him on the cheap.

The former Hamburg man has signed a four-year contract with Schalke, which will keep him at the Veltins Arena until 2018.

Sam features as part of an exciting attacking trio at Leverkusen that also boasts Stefan Kiessling and Son Heung-Min.

And he is poised to join another highly talented side, linking up with the likes of Julian Draxler, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in Gelsenkirchen.

Still, with Leverkusen seven points adrift of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in second, Sam insists he will remain committed to his current employers until the end of the campaign.

“I will give my all up to the last game for the team and the club,” he told the Leverkusen’s official website.

“Bayer 04 is a great club which I owe a great deal. It is with them that I earned my place in the national squad after all.”

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt expressed his delight at the signing, and is confident that Sam will be an exciting addition to coach Jens Keller’s attack.

“Sidney Sam has proven, not only with his strong performances this season, what kind of attacking stimulus he can be,” Heldt commented on Schalke’s official site.

“He can be used in many positions, is very ambitious and wants to achieve much with Schalke, we are glad that he chose the Royal Blues.”

Wed 8 January, 2014
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