Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed his interest in signing German international striker Kevin Kuranyi from Stuttgart.

Brazilian-born Kuranyi, 22, recently signed a deal with Stuttgart until 2008 but the contract contains a get-out clause.

“Kuranyi is an interesting player in terms of nationality, age and potential,” said Rangnick.

“It all depends on what he thinks of his chances at Stuttgart.

“We need a quality striker for the European stage,” added Rangnick.

Schalke are joint leaders of the Bundesliga on 50 points level with Bayern Munich