DEADLINE DAY: Escudero joins Stuttgart but Abdellaoue could be off in January
VfB Stuttgart have completed the signing of Argentinian winger Damián Escudero, with just sixteen hours of transfer deadline day remaining.
Stuttgart were thought to have spent their transfer budget for the summer, but Felix Magath says that the board were willing to splash out another £3.4 million in order to bring the player in.
"I had nothing left to spend on new players. I always said to Bernd [Wahler, club chairman] that I would look to strengthen the wide positions, especially since Martin Harnik left for Newcastle United earlier this summer. I had a shortlist of a few players. Damián stood out and I asked Bernd if he could invest the money necessary to bring him to the club. I'm delighted he accepted my request because I believe Damián to be a fantastic talent."
The 27-year-old signs a four year contract worth £13k per week, joining from Brazilian club Vitória. He has had previous spells with the likes of Villarreal and Boca Juniors.
Other news emanating from The Mercedes-Benz-Arena is that Norwegian striker Mohammed Abdellaoue has been told to find himself a new club in January.
The 28-year-old has found himself frozen out of the squad due to both injury and new summer signings such as Jonathan Soriano. Early signs of Magath's style of play is that it only accommodates one striker and with several others ahead of him in the pecking order, Magath feels Abdellaoue will be better off somewhere else with more game time.
Sources close to the club have reported on discussions between the player and Magath, in which the German manager told the striker to do himself justice by finding a new team, something Abdellaoue reluctantly accepted.
The final piece of news to come from Stuttgart on this busy deadline day is that Romanian midfielder Alexandru Maxim, 23, is happy to stay at the club for the foreseeable future, with interest from Sporting Lisbon and Everton having seemingly diminished.
Earlier this summer, the two clubs were thought to be seriously courting him, prompting Maxim to plead with Magath to let him leave should an offer come in for him.
But Marco Silva and Roberto Martinez did not make any official bids for the player, and in an interview with Stuttgart's TV station Vfbtv, he has assured fans that his "heart is with this club now - only this club."