1.FC Köln sign Rudnevs

Following their promotion back to the Bundesliga in 2013, the Billy Goats have gone about their business in the correct way. Now, Cologne have added an experienced Bundesliga striker to their ranks.

1.FC Köln sign Rudnevs
Rudnevs completes move to Cologne | Photo: fc-koeln.de

1. FC Köln have completed the signing of Artjoms Rudnevs from Hamburger SV on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Billy Goats which will keep the Latvian forward at the club until June 2019.

“I had great talks with the representatives of 1.FC Köln and I want to play my part in building a successful future,” Rudnevs told the club’s official website. “I have only heard good things about this club and this team. The atmosphere in the stadium is great and I have always enjoyed it.”

Rudnevs started just six games for Hamburger SV last season after falling behind the pecking order to Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Michael Gregoritsch.

“He gives us further options in attack,” said sporting director Jörg Schmadtke. “Artjoms is a robust striker that knows the Bundesliga well.”

Since arriving at Hamburger SV from Lech Poznan in 2012, Rudnevs has gone on to make 90 appearances for the Bundesliga club, scoring 19 league goals.

Can Rudnevs fire Cologne into Europe? | Photo: Simon Hofmann
Can Rudnevs fire Cologne into Europe? | Photo: Simon Hofmann

What can Rudnevs add to Cologne?

The Latvian forward came under some scrutiny during his time in Hamburg. That being said, Rudnevs can finish chances that present him.

With the outbound Philipp Hosiner – who will be returning to parent club Rennes – Cologne have needed to add another striker to their ranks.

Bard Finne joined 1. FC Heidenheim in January after a short stint in Cologne, whilst Simon Zoller scored just six goals in the Bundesliga last campaign.

With Anthony Modeste, Yuya Osako, Zoller and now Rudnevs, Cologne manager Peter Stöger should be pretty happy with the attacking prowess that the Billy Goats boast going into next season.

Despite losing Yannick Gerhardt to VfL Wolfsburg, Stöger has yet to spend any of the money from that deal, at Cologne look to use the transfer market to their advantage.