Stuttgart signs forward Kostic from Groningen

Stuttgart's Armin Vey has acquired Filip Kostic. (Daniel Maurer/AP)

STUTTGART, Germany — Stuttgart has signed Serbian forward Filip Kostic from Dutch club Groningen.

The Bundesliga club said late Saturday that the 21-year-old Kostic joined on a five-year contract. It gave no details of the transfer deal.

Serbia under-21 international Kostic was signed to replace Guinea winger Ibrahima Traore, who moved to Bundesliga rival Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Stuttgart narrowly escaped relegation last season and is hoping for a better performance this time under new coach Armin Veh, who led the club to the Bundesliga title in 2007, and returned to the team in the off-season.

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