Bundesliga strugglers Mainz have signed Romanian international striker Marius Niculae.
Niculae, whose contract at Belgian outfit Standard Liege was not extended last summer, has agreed a short-term deal until the end of the season at the Bruchweg Stadion.
The 25-year-old will start training with Mainz this week but cannot make his debut for the club until after the Bundesliga winter break.
If he impresses during the second half of the season, the 05ers have the option of signing Niculae to a further two-year deal.
Mainz are currently propping up the Bundesliga table with just one win in 16 matches this season.