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Son to rise to Leverkusen challenge

Bayer Leverkusen have moved quickly to replace Andre Schurrle with the signing of South Korean striker Heung-Min Son from Hamburg.

After a preliminary agreement with UEFA Europa League winners Chelsea was struck over Schurrle on Thursday, reportedly worth 21 million euros, they replenished their attacking stocks with the signing of Son.

Leverkusen, who will play in the UEFA Champions League next season after finishing third in the Bundesliga last term, are said to have paid a fee of 10 million euros for the forward.

The 20-year-old starred for Hamburg last season, scoring 12 goals, and has signed a five-year deal.

“In Heung-Min Son we have signed a player who, despite his age, was a key player at Hamburger SV,” Leverkusen chairman Wolfgong Holzhauser told the club’s official website.

“He has huge potential and is exactly the type of player we are looking to bring into the club for next season when we compete in Europe.”

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller was delighted with the signing of Son.

He said: “Heung-Min Son is quick, agile, technically strong and has a fantastic shot. He will help us achieve our goals in the Bundesliga, DFB (DFB-Pokal) Cup and Champions League.”

The signing of Son has paved the way for Schurrle’s departure, with Leverkusen adamant they would not sell him until they had signed an adequate replacement.

Son has scored 20 goals in 73 Bundesliga appearances for Hamburg, while he has won 16 caps for South Korea.
Thu 13 Jun, 2013
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