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back Bundesliga | 28.01.2013 22:04:43

Pogatetz joins West Ham on loan

  • Emanuel Pogatetz (l.) leaves VfL Wolfsburg after only half a season at the club
  • The Austria defender (r.) managed one goal and one assist in 52 Bundesliga matches for previous club Hannover 96...
  • ...whom he joined after spending five years with English side Middlesbrough FC

Wolfsburg - VfL Wolfsburg have agreed a loan deal with English Premier League side West Ham United FC for defender Emanuel Pogatetz.

The deal will see the Austrian international at the London club until the end of the current season with the option to make the transfer permanent.

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"We have quantity as well as quality in central defence," Wolfsburg's sporting director Klaus Allofs said. "Emanuel hadn't been part of the first team recently. At West Ham United, he wants to win a place in the starting eleven."

The 52-time capped 30-year-old appeared in only eight matches since joining the Wolves in the summer of 2012 from Lower Saxony rivals Hannover 96. He now embarks on his second spell in English football, after having previously represented Middlesbrough FC between 2005 and 2010.

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