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Frankfurt to sign forward Ragnar Ache from Dutch league

January 3, 2020 GMT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Frankfurt will sign German forward Ragnar Ache from Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam in the offseason.

Frankfurt said Friday that Ache will join the Bundesliga club at the end of the season on a five-year contract.

Ache was born in Frankfurt but moved to the Netherlands as a child. He has established himself in Sparta’s first team this season with five goals in 17 Dutch league games.

Ache also scored on his debut for the German under-21 team in November against Belgium.

“We are offering him all the opportunities and time that he needs in order to get used to the level of the Bundesliga,” Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic said in a statement.

The move was announced as Frankfurt tries to recover from a poor first half of the season. Frankfurt started the season hopeful of building on a seventh-place finish last season but instead is in 13th at the halfway stage, only three points above the relegation playoff spot.

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