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Fulham have signed the Cologne full back Sascha Riether on a season-long loan.

The German international defender has moved to England following Cologne’s relegation from the Bundesliga last summer. Fulham will have the option to make the loan switch permanent at the end of the season. The 29 year-old, who has won two senior caps for Germany, spent four seasons with Wolfsburg – making 116 appearances – before joining Cologne in 2010. Riether played for Wolfsburg in both legs of their Europa League quarter-final defeat at the hands of Roy Hodgson’s men.

Riether told Fulham’s official website: “I feel very pleased to have signed. It feels like I’ve had a long break from football and for me this is a new experience in a new country. Fulham is a good club, a big club with a big tradition and for me it’s great to be here. I played here one time with Wolfsburg and I remember Craven Cottage being a great stadium with great fans, and I hope I can go on to have a great season here.”

Martin Jol prioritised the recruitment of a right back this summer after Fulham’s most regular performers in that position last season, Stephen Kelly and Zdenek Grygera, are currently out of contract.