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Choupo-Moting joins Schalke

Schalke have completed the signing of Cameroon striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on a three-year deal from Mainz.

The 25-year-old, who was a former Hamburg youth player and made his debut for the first team in 2007, joins Jens Keller's squad on a free transfer until June 2017.

The Cameroon international has scored 20 goals in 74 Bundesliga appearances for Mainz since joining the club in the 2011/12 season.

Choupo-Moting was at the 2014 World Cup with the Indomitable Lions and featured in all three of Cameroon's Group A defeat's against Mexico, Croatia and hosts Brazil before they exited the competition.

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt told his club's official website: "I'm delighted that Eric Maxim has decided to sign for us.

"He is very versatile, but first and foremost our plan is to use him in a central, attacking position."

The Royal Blues have qualified for the Champions League in each of the last three seasons, but they have found themselves in a different league to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who have shared the Bundesliga title between them over the past five years.

They kick off their season with a trip to Hannover on August 23 before a tough first home match against Bayern the following weekend.