Hoffenheim sign new number 10

TSG Hoffenheim 1899 have announced the signing of forward Munas Dabbur from Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

The 27-year-old has signed a contract at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena until 30 June 2024. Neither club has disclosed details of the transfer. The German club have handed the number 10 shirt to their latest acquisition.

Dabbur moved to Spain last season after three successful years in the Austrian Bundesliga, scoring 44 goals in 76 league appearances for Red Bull Salzburg, winning the league in each season he was with the club. However, the Israeli international failed to break into Julen Lopetegui’s side, making just two appearances for a combined 24 minutes this season.

Hoffenheim have generally struggled for goals up front this season, though Andrej Kramaric does have five in just eight Bundesliga outings (7 starts) this term. Sargis Adamyan and Jurgen Locadia are the club’s next highest goalscorer, with just four goals each. The long-term absence of Ishak Belfodil has been a huge blow to Alfred Schreuder’s term this term.

The club’s director of football, Alexander Rosen, was pleased to announce the latest signing:

“Munas is a class striker – agile, quick reactions, precise timing, good technique and dangerous finishing. Furthermore, he’s a strong character and speaks outstanding German, which will definitely help him settle in quickly.”

Manus Dabbur comes with a goalscoring pedigree, having been the Austrian Bundesliga top scorer twice with Red Bull Salzburg, and once previously in the Swiss Super League with Grasshopper. He also netted 14 goals in 28 Europa League appearances, and four in 12 Champions League qualifiers for the former. The striker has been capped 21 times by Israel, scoring seven goals.

1899 Hoffenheim’s first game after the winter break is at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday 18 January 2020.