Only two more days in the the winter transfer window, and things are wrapping up. Since Felix Magath’s spending spree at Wolfsburg appears to be over (almost 30 million euros), things quieted down, but there were a couple of big moves. SC Freiburg decided they needed some cash for the 2.Liga, so they sold striker Papiss Demba Cissé to Newcastle United for 12 million euros. Cissé is with the Senegal squad in the African Nations Cup, so perhaps SCF figured they wouldn’t be able to use him anyway. (If so, the joke is on Freiburg, as Senegal stunningly crashed out after losing their first two matches). Anyway, Freiburg now has to figure out how they can score, as Cissé has been their one man wrecking crew for the past couple of years. But it’s a good bit of business, since he was going to leave anyway, and they’ll need the cash.
Another big move saw VfB Stuttgart acquire striker Vedad Ibisevic from Hoffenheim for 5.5 million euros. This was speculated in that Stuttgart has felt that Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak sucked, and they needed someone aside from Martin Harnik to score. (Cacau is currently constipated in front of goal). Ibisevic was of course a scoring sensation in Hoffenheim’s Bundesliga start in 2008. He had something like 18 goals in his first 17 matches and the Hoppers were setting the league on fire. Then he was injured in a meaningless friendly, and has never fully recovered. Since then, Hoffenheim has been largely selling a lot of the talent that Dietmar Hopp’s millions bought.
Not much other news. Hannover acquired Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf (24) from Manchester United for 1.8 million. (Man U paid some 4.5 million from Norwegian side Molde in 2009. He essentially never played, clearly indicating how EPL clubs over pay…).
Bremen allowed defender Andreas Wolf to piss off to French Ligue 2 side Monaco for 1.5 million. Since Werder doesn’t play defense anyway, they might as well cash in. They replaced him with a couple of nobodies.