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Poised to sign

Croatia hitman Olic set for three-year deal

Bayern have marked the new year with a dramatic raid on the transfer market, lining up Croatia and Hamburg striker Ivica Olic as the first new arrival in Munich next summer. "We've struck an agreement. All we need now is the signatures under the contract,“ FCB general manager Uli Hoeneß informed on Saturday following the Bayern squad's arrival in Dubai.

Olic switches to the Säbener Strasse on a free transfer from 1 July 2009 and will sign a three-year contract binding him to the Munich giants until 30 June 2012. "I'll do everything I can to mark my departure from Hamburg with a trophy,“ the 29-year-old vowed on Friday, as he and his HSV team-mates prepared for a winter training camp almost exactly parallel to Bayern's in Dubai. The teams meet on 30 January in Hamburg in the match marking the official start of the second half of the Bundesliga season.

UEFA Cup winner with CSKA

The Croat moved to north Germany in January 2007 from CSKA Moscow, where he won three championship medals and the 2005 UEFA Cup. He contributed 14 goals to Hamburg's fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga last term. Olic has 12 goals to his name in 25 club appearances this season, and has scored 11 times in 61 full internationals for Croatia.

"We're certain Ivica will be a perfect fit to our strikers Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose. One pleasing aspect is that he's out of contract [at the end of the season]," FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented last December. In a curious twist, Olic is unlikely to have any difficulty remembering the name of his future Italian strike partner: his two young sons are called Luka and (An)Toni(o).