Cologne - With the 2015/16 Bundesliga season just around the corner, it's an ideal time to take a closer look at some of the German top flight's most talked-about summer signings.
Here bundesliga.com looks at striker Kevin Kuranyi, who is back in the Bundesliga at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim after five years in Russia, where he has only added to his already glowing reputation.
Hoffenheim only just missed out on qualification for the UEFA Europa League last season and the aim for 2015/16 is to finally achieve maiden qualification for European competition. With Anthony Modeste and Sven Schipplock both leaving Sinsheim this summer, a new reliable sharp-shooter was required, and Kuranyi - an experienced striker and proven goalscorer with VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke 04 and his most recent club FC Dinamo Moskva - was the answer.
How does Kuranyi strengthen TSG?
Kuranyi has not sat on his hands for the past five years in Moscow, and he does not have anything to prove in the Bundesliga either. He scored 111 goals in 261 games for Stuttgart and Schalke 04 before leaving Germany and will not need any time settling back in to his former, familiar surroundings.
In his last season in the Bundesliga – 2009/10 – the former Germany international scored 18 times, his personal best for a season and a tally that saw him finish fourth in the scoring charts that year. It was the eighth season in a row in which he had gone into double figures, and as usual he was his club's top scorer. The only other players to match that consistency over such a long period are Gerd Müller, Manfred Burgsmüller and Klaus Fischer. Considering not one of their players hit double figures for goals last term, Kuranyi's arrival is most welcome.
A classic centre forward with aerial prowess
Although he is comfortable with the ball on the ground, Kuranyi's forte is his aerial prowess. With 43 of his 111 Bundesliga goals coming with his head, Hoffenheim have signed themselves one of the best in the business in the air. Furthermore, his seven headed goals in 2009/10 was the highest number in the Bundesliga that season. By comparison, Hoffenheim found the back of the net only eight times from headers in 2014/15, and not one player got more than two of them. It would be a safe bet to assume that the Sinsheimers will look to attack with width this season.
Tobias Anding and Helge Winter