Borussia Dortmund has signed center-forward Anthony Modeste on a one-year contract from Bundesliga rivals Cologne to replace Sebastien Haller, who has been sidelined for several months due to chemotherapy, the German club confirmed on Monday.
Haller, 28, was signed last month to replace Erling Haaland, who moved to Manchester City, but he was diagnosed with a malignant testicular tumor during Dortmund’s training camp less than two weeks later.
“In view of Sebastien Haller’s illness, we are delighted that we have been able to add another striker of this profile to our squad for the current season in Anthony Modeste,” Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said.
Modeste, 34, popped up in 157 games and scored 79 goals in two stints at Cologne.
Dortmund plays at Freiburg on Friday in their second match of the season after a 1-0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen last week.