Hamburg have brought in former FC Augsburg left back, Matthias Ostrzolek, on a three-year deal after he put to pen to paper on Tuesday.
The 24 year-old, who will become the new HSV number 22, has signed a contract that will keep him with the Red Shorts until June 2017. No transfer fee has been revealed.
The club's CEO, Dietmar Beiersdorfer informed the club's official website: "I am very glad that we were able to sign Matthias after lengthy negotiations with Augsburg. He was one of the most prominent players of the team as he combines an effective defence game with dangerous attacks."
The talented left-back had a stellar last season with Augsburg who finished just one point of a Europa League place. Since joining in 2012, Ostrzolek has made 65 appearances for the club and was a prominent part of their successful 2013-14 campagin. Before this, the Polish-German defender played 50 games for VfL Bochum.
Like a lot of modern full backs, Ostrzolek impressed many with his confidence to surge forward and create chances on the break by producing crosses from the wing. His assisting skills were unfortunately not backed up by his shooting ability as he has failed to score for either of the side's he has played under previously.
After a dismal season last year, the fans at the Imtech Arena are hoping that any business done this summer will help them resurge back into the top half of the Bundesliga.
Hamburg were threatened with relegation last year and were on the brink of suffering their first fall from the German top flight in their history. Fortunately, Mirko Slomka's side avoided the trap door as they prevailed in their play off tie against SpVgg Greuther Fürth which finished 1-1 - Hamburg won on away goals.
Coming close to collapsing meant a major shake up was in order and sadly this mean't the club had to part with one of the star assets, Hakan Calhanoglu, who joined Bayer Leverkusen for a fee believed to be €14 million.
But in return, the sporting director, Oliver Kreuzer, has made several smart acquisitions including former Greuther Fürth winger, Zoltan Stieber, Valhon Behrami and forward Nicolai Mueller. The former Mainz striker got his name on the scoresheet in Hamburg's final pre-season friendly where they 3-1 against Rot-Weiβ Erfurt. Defender, Johan Djourou has also completed a permanent move from Arsenal.
The most essential purchase that the club has made this summer has been securing the services of former on loan striker, Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The former Hertha Berlin striker, has joined the team he grew accustomed to last season as he finished as their top goalscorer with 13 goals in 20 appearances.
He has re-joined on a five-year contract after opting to stay in Germany following a break down in negotiations in regard to a move to Newcastle United.
Having his keen eye for goal upfront will give boss, Slomka a lot of confidence as the side's sluggish start proved costly. Also, despite having disappointing season, Rafael van der Vaart will remain at the club for another year and he will want to prove a point as his future at the club hangs in the balance with no assurances about a new contract being offered to the Dutchman.
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