SV Darmstadt 98 have pulled off a major deadline coup by signing former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid midfielder Hamit Altintop, rounding off a busy day for the Bundesliga’s bottom club.
He joins until the end of the season, and follows the arrivals of centre-back Patrick Banggaard from Danish club FC Midtjylland and former 1. FC Nürnberg man Wilson Kamavuaka, who joins from Greek side Pantetolikos Agrinio.
On the way out are Florian Jungwirth, who is joining San Jose Earthquakes after two-and-a-half years with Darmstadt, and Victor Obinna, who has been released after a short spell with the Lillies.
Altintop looking to achieve the “impossible”
Altintop, twin brother of FC Augsburg’s Halil Altintop, joins the struggling side on a free transfer, having recently terminated his contract with Galatasaray SK.
The Turkish international, who was born in Germany, has previous Bundesliga experience with both Schalke 04 and Bayern, appearing 176 times in total in the league....