Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Norman Theuerkauf from Eintracht Braunschweig.
Frankfurt and Theuerkauf agree deal
Reverse: Theuerkauf pictured against Frankfurt, who he will now join
The 26 year old had been at Braunschweig since 2009 after joining from Frankfurt's reserves.
Frankfurt sit in 14th place in the Bundesliga table, just ahead of Eintracht Braunschweig in 16th. Frankfurt have recently sacked head coach Armin Veh after gaining just 15 points from 16 games, and his replacement is former SV Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf, who has led Frankfurt to a victory in his first and to date only match in charge, against Torsten Lieberknecht's Stuttgart.
Theuerkauf is Schaaf's first new signing during his spell at Frankfurt, and it is thought that Schaaf paid Braunschweig up to €950k (£800k) for the German midfielder. Schaaf has previousl managed Theuerkauf during his spell at Werder Bremen. He was signed by Schaaf 11 years ago, at the start of the 2002/03 footballing season. He reportedly was a target for Frankfurt under Armin Veh but Schaaf was also interested having impressed at Braunschweig and previously at Bremen.
Theuerkauf, 26m, was born in Nordhausen in the former East German Republic. He began his playing career at Carl Zeiss Jena, currently of the Regionalliga Nordost. He was signed by Thomas Schaaf at SV Werder Bremen where he spent 5 years in the reserves, before being released to Frankfurt's reserves where he played for 2 years. He then joined Braunschweig in 2009, with the club in the 3.Liga. They were promoted in his second season and then after two seasons in the 2.Bundesliga they were promoted to the Bundesliga for this season. He has played over 200 games in his career.
Schaaf is reported to be delighted with his new signing. Asked numerous questions at his first press conference, he replied that Theuerkauf was amongst his targets as was Greuther Furth's Tim Sparv. However, before his side's game against Stuttgart he didn't want to discuss transfer prospects, leaving the media to their own devices when it came to headlines. He was happy to speak about Theuerkauf after his arrival, though.
"We had to find good players and I knew we had to get them cheap. I know that Norman is a good player and I know he is determined to succeed. We can't pay top dollar for top players - we're not rich. But we can pay little to get great players and that's what we've done here. He knows the club well and he knows me well, so I know it'll work out."
Theuerkauf too is happy to be joining.
"I've had a great time with Braunschweig but now it's time to move on, I'm not playing too often and I've got a chance to move to a massive club, I've got to take it. I know the club and I know Thomas Schaaf too, so I should settle quickly too."