Transfer Deadline Day recap

With the transfer window now shut at midnight, it has been quite an interesting deadline day for clubs in the Bundesliga. Despite the fact that the Bundesliga is not one of the hottest markets for deadline day in comparison to other leagues like the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, there have been quite a few important movements and big players coming in and out.

Holtby, Green in; Badelj, Tah out for HSV

It looks like Lewis Holtby‘s English adventure has come to an end. Holtby was in Hamburg last night for a medical check-up and will join HSV on loan for the season after spending the final part of last term also on loan at Fulham, who later got relegated. Since his transfer to Spurs 18 months ago, Holtby wasn’t able to hold down a place in the North London club’s lineup and has now returned to the Bundesliga, with his new club far from having the same objectives as his previous one, making it now obvious that leaving Schalke was a wrong decision for his career. HSV also strengthened their side with the loan of American hot prospect Julian Green from Bayern, also in for one season.+

The loan deal for Green has the blessing of the youngster’s national team coach, Jürgen Klinsmann.  According to Green’s father, Jerry, Klinsmann gave his blessing to the loan move:

He knows the coach [Mirko Slomka]. He knows the people there. It’s a great opportunity for Julian to play some games. He thinks this is going to be a good thing for Julian and the U.S. team

Green’s place on Bayern’s roster will be taken by Sinan Kurt, who was signed to a four-year deal from Borussia Mönchengladbach, his hometown club. Bayern is speculated to have paid 1.5m€ for the 18 year-old German U-19. Kurt began the current season with Gladbach’s reserve team in the Regionalliga West. His best position is considered to be at left wing, although he can also feature as a secondary striker or center forward.

Their arrival comes after Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj left for Italian side Fiorentina for a fee in the region of 5m€. Also leaving is promising defender Jonathan Tah, who joined Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2. Bundesliga on a season-long loan. Tah has been touted as one of Germany’s most promising defenders but after being thrown into the deep end last season with HSV’s disastrous season, it was obvious that he was a diamond in the rough in need of more minutes and experience, which he should get at the ESPRITarena.

 We are delighted that we welcome a young and very talented interior defender with us with Jonathan Tah. He has already proven despite his young age to be of Bundesliga quality and will provide more stability in our back line. We have always said that we monitor the market and if you can get a player of his class shortly before the end of the transfer window, then you have to strike. – F95 director Helmut Schulte

Mainz strengthen with Wollscheid, Hofmann, Allagui

After losing important players like Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, Nicolai Müller and Shawn Parker, Mainz have strengthened their ranks with the loan arrivals of Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) and Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Dortmund) until the end of the season. Returning to the Coface Arena is Hertha BSC striker Sami Allagui, who will return on a season-long loan to the club after a two-year absence, the club announced yesterday. Wollscheid and Hofmann had plenty of competition ahead of them at their parent clubs and will now attain a starting place at their new club. Wollscheid was one of the hottest properties in German football when he signed for die Werkself from 1. FC Nürnberg in 2012 for 7m€ but found it hard to establish himself in the first XI last season. As for Hofmann, 22, his irruption in the Bundesliga was fantastic news for Dortmund fans and this loan should give him the playing time and experience the Heidelburg native needs to return to Dortmund next season as a better player.

Kalou & Skjelbred added to Hertha midfield

Not strictly a transfer deadline-day move but Michael Preetz announced yesterday on his Twitter yesterday that Die Alte Dame had acquired the services of former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou for 2.7m€ from French club Lille. The Ivorian forward, 29, endured two excellent seasons at Lille after leaving London, scoring 30 goals and 10 assists in 66 league matches. Taking this into consideration and that Transfermarkt values him at 8m€, this is most definitely an excellent piece of business for Hertha.

Hertha also added Per Ciljan Skjelbred permanently to their squad after a successful loan spell last season. The Norwegian midfielder was part of a two-way loan last season between Hertha and HSV that saw Pierre-Michel Lasogga move in the opposite direction. With Lasogga now permanently at HSV, it seems as if it was the perfect deal for both sides and Hertha will only have to compensate HSV with 1.3m€. Skjelbred, 27, is a native of Trondheim, Norway and spent eight seasons with Rosenborg beginning in 2004, winning three Tippeligaen titles.

In brief 

VfB Stuttgart’s Danish midfielder William Kvist has signed for English side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee. Kvist, 29, who has been capped by his country 47 times, spent the end of last season on loan at Premier League club Fulham but also failed to make an impression. He therefore puts an end to three seasons at the Swabian club, for whom he signed from FK København for 3.5m€.

Eintracht Frankfurt have secured the services of Wolfsburg’s Serbian midfielder Slobodan Medojević for 1.5m€. Medojević arrived at Wolfsburg in January of 2012 from FK Vojvodina but only made 28 Bundesliga appearances for die Wölfe since then.

Three weeks ago his goal contributed to knock Mainz out of the Europa League but Pablo de Blasis is now a Mainz player after arriving from Greek side Asteras Tripolis. De Blasis, an attacking midfielder, put pen to paper for an undisclosed fee and signed a three-year contract.  A native of Argentina, the diminutive 26 year-old began his senior career with Gimnasia La Plata.

Earlier last week, SC Freiburg made two moves to strength their roster, obtaining striker Dani Schahin on loan from Mainz and signing Kaiserslautern’s Marc Torrejón to a three-year deal.  Schahin, born in the Ukraine, played for SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Dynamo Dresden and Fortuna Düsseldorf before signing a four-year deal with Mainz in July, 2013.  The 25 year-old hasn’t found his place at Mainz thus far, and the loan to Freiburg may allow him the chance to again prove himself.  Torrejón, 28, is a central defender born in Barcelona.  He featured for Espanyol and Racing Santander before transferring to Kaiserslautern in 2012.  The Spaniard appeared in over 50 matches for the Red Devils, and takes the place of departed defender Fallou Diagné on Christian Streich’s squad.  Diagne transferred to Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes.

Former Bundesliga player and German international Marko Marin has joined Fiorentina on loan from Chelsea. Marin spent four full seasons in the Bundesliga with Gladbach and Werder Bremen.  He joins a Fiorentina sidesthat also features former Bundesliga players as the newly acquired Badelj and prolific striker Mario Gomez.

Half an hour before the transfer deadline kicker could reveal that Mainz’s Niki Zimling had signed a one year long loan deal at Ajax Amsterdam. The Dutch club has secured a purchase option for the Danish midfielder as well according to the paper. Zimling has scored 2 goals in his 28 Bundesliga appearances for the 05’ers, but the Danish midfielder had over the last few weeks only become a second choice player for Mainz’s new coach Kaspar Hjulmand.


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Aleix Gwilliam

Is a 27-year-old living in Barcelona who gets more pleasure from watching German lower-league football than from going to watch his hometown team at the Camp Nou every other week. Passionate about European football, its history and culture, you can follow him on Twitter at @AleixGwilliam

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