Klasnic plumps for Mainz
Croatian striker says he had plenty of enquiries
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: September 4, 2012 10:22am
Ivan Klasnic: Former Bolton striker has joined Mainz on a one-year contract
Former Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic has signed a one-year contract with Mainz after being linked with Deportivo La Coruna and Liverpool.
Klasnic was available on a free transfer after leaving Bolton at the end of last season following the club's relegation from the Premier League.
He was mooted as a target for Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday over the summer, while reports in Spain claimed Deportivo were hoping to snap up the Croatian.
Speculation also suggested Liverpool were considering Klasnic as an option to strengthen their attack following the failure to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll before the transfer deadline.
However, the former Werder Bremen forward has opted for a return to the Bundesliga after agreeing a season-long deal with Mainz.
"I had a bunch of enquiries, but the chance to play in the Bundesliga for Mainz was the most flattering from my point of view," Klasnic told the club's official website.
"Moving to Mainz will also be a boost for me in my private life as it will enable me to have a shorter distance to my daughter. My daughter lives in Hamburg.
"I will soon catch up my fitness deficit with regular training. I will be ready to play regular first-team football for Mainz as soon as possible."
Meanwhile, Mainz have allowed Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah to join relegated Cologne on a season-long loan deal after he scored just twice last term.