Hoffenheim are making a swift start to their summer spending after acquiring their third signing in two weeks in the form of Ermin Bicakcic, reports the Bundesliga's official website.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina defender joins 1899 on a three-year contract, making the switch from relegated side Eintracht Braunshweig.
The 24-year-old defender, who joins Bosnia at the World Cup this summer, was formerly a player for Stuttgart before moving to Braunshweig where he achieved promotion in 2013. Bicakcic leaves Braunshweig after making 72 career appearances over two years, scoring five goals.
Sporting director Alexander Rosen is pleased that Bicakcic has decided to join the club as he hopes he will help fix their defensive issues.
“Ermin is going to give us more stability in our defence," Rosen said.
Hoffenheim are admired for their attacking style and although they were one of the highest goalscorers in Germany this season with 72, they still attained the third-worst defensive record after conceding 70 goals in 34 games.
With a large financial backing, Hoffenheim are fully capable of repairing this problem as they look to finish higher up the table next year following a ninth-placed finish.
Signing both a defender and a goalkeeper within the same week signals that the club are planning a major development as they look to do their bidding early so that they can mould a new team together ready for the 52nd Bundesliga campaign.
The Bosnia International will join some of the brightest stars in the league at Hoffenheim, including Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino.
Volland, the Bavarian-born striker, scored 11 goals last season and earned himself a call-up to Germany’s provisional World Cup squad despite being uncapped.
Firmino was the club’s top goalscorer with 16 goals and is being carefully watched by teams across Europe including Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Brazilian, who misses out on the World Cup despite being the top national scorer in Europe, has agreed a new deal which extends his contract through to 2017 but could presumably be persuaded to move to the Premier League.
With Chelsea developing their attacking options and Liverpool looking to strengthen their strike force for their upcoming European campaign, the 22-year-old forward may fancy a move to raise his profile and increase his odds of selection next time around.
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