It emerged recently that both Tottenham and Newcastle were interested in joining the race to sign Max Kruse from Borussia Monchengladbach. VFL Wolfsburg were believed to be front-runners in the search for the player's signature.
Tottenham, who are looking to give Harry Kane some support, felt that Kruse could provide enough experience to push Spurs onto the next level. Whereas Newcastle's interest was solely in search of a goal scoring forward.
Unfortunately for the English duo, Premier League football was not enough to bring Kruse overseas. VFL Wolfsburg confirmed the signing of Kruse from Monchengladbach late Sunday night.
"We are delighted that Max Kruse made the decision to move to VFL Wolfsburg. He's exactly the type of striker that we were missing in our squad and he boosts the quality and variation within our attack," said Klaus Allofs, director of sport at Wolfsburg.
VFL coach Dieter Hecking said: "Max is a technically gifted, pacey and goal-hungry front man, who has great qualities as a provider for others too. He has continued to develop positively in recent years and he is a true leader in his team.
"With him as an attacking option, we have even more quality, with a view to the coming season's challenges in the league and on in international competition."
Kruse himself said: "I am really looking forward to taking the next step in my career in Wolfsburg."
The news will be disappointing for Spurs and Newcastle fans, but it's a very positive move for Wolfsburg which can push them on to a Bundesliga title challenge next season.
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