Green, Holtby join Hamburger SV on loan
BERLIN (AP) — Struggling Hamburger SV bolstered its attacking options on the last day of the transfer period with loan deals for U.S. international Julian Green and German midfielder Lewis Holtby on Monday.
Green joined from Bayern Munich, while Holtby, who previously played for Schalke and Mainz in the Bundesliga, joined for one season from Tottenham.
Holtby, 23, has three caps for Germany but wasn’t called up by coach Joachim Loew during his one and a half seasons in the Premier League.
Green, who was born in Florida to a German mother and an American father, is yet to make his Bundesliga debut. The attacking midfielder appeared as a substitute in Bayern’s Champions League group game at CSKA Moscow last November.
The 19-year-old Green has a contract through June 2017 with Bayern, which he joined in 2009 from amateur side SG Hausham.
Green has three appearances for the U.S. after appearing for Germany at youth level. He scored in extra time in the Americans’ 2-1 round of 16 loss to Belgium at the World Cup.
Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Jonas Hofmann also secured a loan deal on the last day of the transfer period. The 22-year-old joined Mainz, which responded to a difficult start to the season with a flurry of late signings.
Mainz agreed a season-long loan deal for Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid, having signed attacking players Pablo de Blasis, Sami Allagui and Jairo Samperio in the previous days.
Promoted Paderborn signed defender Rafael Lopez Gomez on a two-year deal from Spanish side Getafe.
“Welcome Rafa Lopez! Anyone who can stop Messi is in the right place with us,” Paderborn defender Uwe Huenemeier said in a tweet showing his new teammate challenging the Barcelona star.
Hertha Berlin signed Per Ciljan Skjelbred to a three-year deal from Hamburg. The Norwegian impressed on loan for the capital club last season.