Struggling Dortmund hope Kevin Kampl can help stop the bleeding

Dortmund said that Kampl, 24, will sign a long-term contract to keep him at the club until 2019.
Salzburg's Jonatan Soriano, left, and Kevin Kampl celebrate after scoring during their Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Red Bull Salzburg and Ajax in Salzburg, Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Salzburg's Jonatan Soriano, left, and Kevin Kampl celebrate after scoring during their Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Red Bull Salzburg and Ajax in Salzburg, Austria. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

BERLIN // Struggling German giants Borussia Dortmund on Monday announced that they have agreed a deal to sign Slovenian international midfielder Kevin Kampl from Austrian champions Salzburg.

Dortmund said that Kampl, 24, will sign a long-term contract to keep him at the club until 2019.

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“Kevin Kampl is a versatile attacking midfielder, who we have been observing for some time. His style of play fits in perfectly with our own,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told the club website.

Borussia said that “both clubs agreed details of the transfer fee shall remain undisclosed”, although the website of German magazine Kicker reported the fee would be in the region of 10 to 12 million euros (£7.8m-9.4m, $12.2m-14.7m).

Kampl, who will join his new club in January, was born in Germany but represents Slovenia at international level.

He started his career at Bayer Leverkusen and played for several lower-league clubs in Germany before moving to Salzburg in 2012.

News of Kampl’s arrival comes as a boost to Dortmund, who are through to the last 16 of the Champions League but lie in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga at the season’s halfway stage.

Their next game, against Leverkusen, is not until January 31.

Meanwhile, Dortmund announced that South Korean international Ji Dong-won has left with immediate effect and returned to Bundesliga rivals Augsburg.

He had only moved in the opposite direction earlier this year but failed to make an impact at the Signal Iduna Park.

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Published: December 23, 2014 04:00 AM

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