Japan captain Makoto Hasebe joins Nuremberg
Japan captain Makoto Hasebe joined Nuremberg from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg on Monday, the last day of the summer transfer window.
German clubs largely resisted any last-minute splurges on a day of loan deals and departures, with Hasebe's sale and Tunisian defender Karim Haggui's switch from Hannover to Stuttgart bucking the trend.
Stuttgart signed the 29-year-old Haggui, a former Bayer Leverkusen player who spent four seasons at Hannover, on a two-year-deal to replace former captain Serdar Tasci, who joined Spartak Moscow on Saturday.
Haggui joins former teammates Konstantin Rausch and Mohammed Abdellaoue, who switched to Stuttgart from Hannover earlier in the offseason.
Hasebe signed a three-year-deal with Nuremberg after protracted negotiations.
''Leaving Wolfsburg is very difficult for me,'' the 29-year-old Hasebe said. ''It's very important for me to play regularly with a view to the World Cup in Brazil (next year). That's why I've decided to take this step.''
Nuremberg sporting director Martin Bader said the transfer took so long to go through ''due to the high standing he achieved in six years at Wolfsburg.''
Hasebe scored five goals in 135 league games after joining the club from Urawa Red Diamonds in January 2008. He helped the team win the Bundesliga in 2009.
Hamburger SV signed German under-21 striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Hertha Berlin on a one-year loan deal, with Norway midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred going in the opposite direction on another loan.
''Lasogga is the type of striker that we were looking for,'' said Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer. ''He is an under-21 international, unflinching and he goes where it hurts.''
Lasogga missed much of last season through injury.
''I'm on the road to recovery. I've finished my rehabilitation and will try to take part in team training this week,'' Lasogga told Hamburg's website.
As well as Skjelbred, Hertha also signed 21-year-old midfielder Tolga Cigerci on loan from Wolfsburg.
Bayer Leverkusen secured an option to buy Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo from HJK Helsinki with effect from July 1, 2014. The 18-year-old will play on loan at second-division Aalen in the meantime.
''I know Joel from the Finnish national team,'' said Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia. ''He is a technically strong striker and very advanced for his age. We'll watch him closely in Aalan. We're confident Joel can develop into a very interesting player for us.''
Eintracht Frankfurt signed Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta on loan for one season from Schalke.
''I'm delighted that it has worked out and that I get to know the city and the team,'' said the 28-year-old Barnetta, who previously played for Leverkusen and Hannover.
Also going on loan is Australian midfielder Nikita Rukavytsya at second-division FSV Frankfurt from Mainz.
Austria striker Marko Arnautovic left Werder Bremen for Premier League side Stoke City in a transfer Bremen managing director Thomas Eichin said ''suits all sides.''
Arnautovic scored 14 goals in 72 Bundesliga games for Bremen since joining in 2010.
Florian Hartherz and Johannes Wurtz also left the club, for second-division side Paderborn, on a permanent deal and loan deal respectively.
Second-division Fortuna Duesseldorf signed Burkina Faso forward Aristide Bance on loan from Augsburg.