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Buckley is poised to join Dortmund


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Buckley (blue short) has scored 15 goals for Bielefeld this season

DORTMUND, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund are confident that they have won the race to sign South African international Delron Buckley from Arminia Bielefeld.

Borussia sporting director Michael Zorc said that all that was required was the player's signature.

Dortmund have taken advantage of a 425,000-euro ($555,390) get-out clause in Buckley's contract and the South African star is expected to pen a two-year deal at the Westfalen Stadium.

"Buckley is a fast wide-man and suits our 4-3-3 system perfectly," said Zorc. "He has the ability to deliver pinpoint passes to the centre forward."

The creative talents of the 27-year-old Buckley are not the only feature of his game, with 15 goals for unfashionable Bielefeld this season underlining his prowess in front of goal.

English Premiership side Blackburn Rovers and Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid also registered their interest in Buckley but the player prefers to remain in the German top flight.

While Buckley can look forward to a new challenge next season his current campaign is over after the German Football Federation (DFB) hit him with a six-match suspension for confronting referee Markus Merk.

Merk awarded a last-minute penalty to Bayern Munich as Arminia went down 2-0 in Wednesday's cup semi-final and Buckley could not contain his rage as he confronted Merk about Claudio Pizarro's theatrical dive.


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