Hoffenheim sign Bebou from Hannover

1899 Hoffenheim have signed Ihlas Bebou from relegated Hannover 96.

The 25-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena until 30 June 2023. The transfer will officially go through on 1 July 2019. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose details of the transfer.

Bebou made just 12 Bundesliga appearances this past season largely due to injury, but still managed to score four goals and record three assists for Thomas Doll’s side.

Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen was excited about the prospect of recruiting the Togolese international:

“Ihlas is one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga and can be used in a variety of attacking positions. He is strong, so he is extremely difficult to defend and can be a real difference maker. We are very happy that Ihlas Bebou has chosen us and we are convinced that he will enrich our game with his quality.”

Ihlas Bebou originally came through the youth ranks at Fortuna Dusseldorf for whom he joined as a 17-year-old, having lived in Germany since the age of 11. He made 70 appearances in the 2. Bundesliga for the Flingeraner, scoring 11 goals and setting up 14 more, before joining Hannover 96 in the top flight before the start of the 2017-18 season.

During his two years at the Reds Bebou played 41 Bundesliga matches, scoring nine goals and recording five assists. He is predominately a right winger but is also capable of playing up front.

Bebou has 10 caps for the Togo national team and also has German citizenship.