Striker Chinedu Obasi moves to Schalke

Hoffenheim is sending Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi to

Bundesliga rival Schalke on loan until the end of the season.

Both teams announced the agreement. Schalke has an option to

sign Obasi on a permanent deal when the loan finishes.

Obasi has not scored in 13 games for Hoffenheim this season and

was briefly thrown out of the team for arriving late for


Schalke is beefing up its squad ahead of the knockout stage of

the Europa League. It sits third in the Bundesliga.