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Hoffenheim swoop for Wiese and Derdiyok

Published: Thursday 3 May 2012, 11.39CET
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have stated their intention for next season by signing Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese and Switzerland striker Eren Derdiyok on four-year contracts.
Hoffenheim swoop for Wiese and Derdiyok
Tim Wiese will officially join Hoffenheim in the summer ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 3 May 2012, 11.39CET

Hoffenheim swoop for Wiese and Derdiyok

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have stated their intention for next season by signing Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese and Switzerland striker Eren Derdiyok on four-year contracts.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have beaten off fierce competition to secure the signings of German international goalkeeper Tim Wiese from SV Werder Bremen and Switzerland striker Eren Derdiyok from Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Wiese will join from Bremen this summer on a free transfer when his contract at the Weserstadion expires. The 30-year-old, who is likely to be part of Germany's UEFA EURO 2012 squad, has agreed a deal keeping him at Hoffenheim until June 2016. The former SC Fortuna Köln and 1. FC Kaiserslautern goalkeeper had been at Bremen since 2005, winning the German Cup and finishing runner-up in the UEFA Cup and twice in the Bundesliga.

Coach Markus Babbel said: "We didn't want to pass up the opportunity to sign such an experienced, successful and ambitious professional, and we're all delighted things have worked out. Tim Wiese has managed to break into the national team; that says it all about how good he is. I have no doubt that he will be a key factor in this club achieving its goals."

Hoffenheim acquired Swiss international Derdiyok, 23, from Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee. Like Wiese, he has signed a four-year contract and Babbel said: "Eren Derdiyok is a complete striker. He fits the mould perfectly regarding the type of player we want at this club. I'm pleased we were able to convince him to join." Derdiyok moved to Germany from FC Basel 1893 in 2009 and has scored 25 goals in 89 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen.

Last updated: 03/05/12 12.39CET

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