Max Kruse will join 1. FC Union Berlin for the new season following a season in Turkey with Fenerbahce.
The former German international has scored 74 goals in 250 games in Germany's top division and was hugely successful at Werder Bremen, Freiburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and St. Pauli. His debut for Joachim Löw's team arrived in 2013 and he put the ball in the net four times in 14 caps for his national team. Last season, Kruse joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce and was second top goalscorer for the Istanbul-based club. The 32-year-old terminated his contract in Turkey due to substantial arrears in his salary.
"I'm happy to be playing in the Bundesliga again and to get to know a cool new club like Union, who have developed really well in recent years. It was important for me to switch to a club that completely convinces and challenges me. During the conversations with those responsible at Union I felt immediately comfortable, that's why I decided to join Union," said the 32-year-old Kruse.
"With Max Kruse, we were able to sign a player who has proven his quality for years both nationally and internationally. With his offensive qualities and Bundesliga experience, he will help us achieve our goals in the new season. We're very pleased that a player of this quality for free, had many options and decided to sign up with Union despite the fact that the payout was much higher, which shows that Union as a club can score points with other values," said Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin.
Subject to a medical, Kruse will sign his contract on Friday.