Fernandes joins VFL Bochum PDF Print E-mail

Portuguese goalkeeper swaps Greece for Germany

Daniel FernandesDaniel Fernandes is set to play in the German Bundesliga next season, with the Portuguese goalkeeper to join VFL Bochum from Greek side PAOK Saloniki.

The Canadian-born ‘keeper has played in Greece for five years, establishing himself as one of PAOK’s best players in recent years, and made 30 league appearances under Fernando Santos last season.

However, Fernandes has now agreed a four-year deal at the Ruhrstadion, after the clubs finally agreed a 1.1m euro deal, which will see PAOK owed 20% of any future transfer fee should the Portuguese international leave Bochum.

The signing is the latest attempt by Bochum boss Marcel Koller to end Bochum’s recent goalkeeping problem, having used five alternatives since the retirement of Dutchman Rein van Duijnhoven in 2006, the most recent being Czech Jan Lastuvka.

Fernandes expressed his enthusiasm at the move over the weekend, saying “It’s the best solution for everyone if I go to Bochum,” and the giant ‘keeper will be hoping to use the greater exposure provided by German football to enhance his international prospects.

26 May 2008, by Lorna Danion

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