- Wagner the top scoring German last season behind Müller.
- Joins Hoffenheim on a three-year deal.
- Nagelsmann: 'Wagner combative and strong.'
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have moved to bolster their attack with the acquisition of striker Sandro Wagner from SV Darmstadt 98. The 28-year-old has signed a contract at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena which runs until June 2019.
“After [FC Bayern München’s] Thomas Müller, Sandro was the most prolific German forward in the Bundesliga last season,” said Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen. “We are committed to signing strong and charismatic players. In Wagner, we have somebody with a huge presence both on and off the field.”
Watch: Wagner nets a brace against Hannover 96 in 2015/16
Wagner, who stands 1.94 metres tall, plundered 14 goals and four assists in the Bundesliga last season as promoted Darmstadt upset the odds to finish 14th, five points clear of the automatic relegation places – and one ahead of Hoffenheim.
'Combative and strong'
"Wagner is a combative and strong striker,” said Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann. “He not only has excellent finishing, but he can also be well integrated into the build-up play and works hard when the opposition has the ball.”
Wagner, who won the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship alongside Bundesliga stand-outs Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Fabian Johnson, is equally excited about the next step in his career.
"I am pleased that after intensive negotiations between TSG and my former club that everything has worked out,” he said. “Hoffenheim are a great club and their ambition impressed me straight away.”