Schalke sign Germany midfielder

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Schalke have announced the acquisition of Liverpool target Sidney Sam from Bayer Leverkusen, with the Germany international agreeing a four-year deal with the Bundesliga club.

The 25-year-old has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 13 domestic appearances for Leverkusen this season but, after rejecting a contract renewal with his current employers, will join Schalke at the end of the campaign.

"Sidney Sam has shown how much impetus he can offer in attack, and not just with his impressive performances this season," Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt said.

"He's extremely versatile, very ambitious and wants to achieve big things with Schalke. We're delighted he's opted for Royal Blue."

Sam has five senior international appearances for Germany and his performance in the victory against England at Wembley late last year led to speculation that he could secure a move to the Premier League.

He was a second-half substitute for Max Kruse in the 1-0 triumph and posed England problems with his pace and creativity on what was a chastening evening for Roy Hodgson's side.

Liverpool had been linked with Sam, who is reported to have penned a contract worth €4 million-a-year, as Brendan Rodgers bids to reinforce his Anfield squad before the close of the transfer window.

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