Transfer deadline day never quite offers the edge-of-your-seat excitement the same way a Bundesliga encounter does, but in 2015/16 there were plenty of movers and shakers as the transfer window slammed shut.
Accordingly, bundesliga.com has the lowdown on six players who signed from outside of Germany’s top flight…
Serdar Tasci - FC Bayern München
Former clubs: VfB Stuttgart, FC Spartak Moskva
With Javi Martinez, Medhi Benatia and Jerome Boateng all out injured, FC Bayern dipped into the transfer market on deadline day to add a much-needed reinforcement at the heart of their defence. "I'm feeling really good and looking forward to the challenge," said Tasci upon completing his six-month loan deal. A Stuttgart youth academy product, Tasci already has 181 Bundesliga appearances under his belt and was part of the side that won the Bundesliga back in 2007. The physical defender has also won 14 caps playing for the German national team, but has not featured since 2010.
Alfred Finnbogason - FC Augsburg
Former clubs: Breidablik, KSC Lokeren, Helsingsborg IF, SC Heerenveen, Real Sociedad de Futbol, Olympiacos FC
Following back-to-back goalless draws to start of the second half of the season, Augsburg brought in Finnbogason to bolster their forward line. Whilst on the books at Real Sociedad and Olympiacos, where he spent the first half of this season on loan, the Iceland international has struggled to recreate the form that saw him have a hand in 77 goals (59 goals, 18 assists) during his time in the Netherlands with SC Heerenveen. "It's a dream come true to play in the Bundesliga," said the 27-year-old, who will be hoping that his time with Die Fuggerstädter can help keep him in contention for a spot in Iceland’s UEFA EURO 2016 squad.
Milos Veljkovic - SV Werder Bremen
Position: Defensive midfield
Former clubs: Tottenham Hotspur FC, Middlesbrough FC, Charlton Athletic FC
Born in Basel, Switzerland, big things have long been expected from one of Serbia's most promising prospects. However, while Veljkovic has received plaudits for his performances in his national team's youth set-up, he struggled to make a breakthrough with Tottenham despite making his Premier League debut at the age of 18. He did not miss a single minute of the Serbian U20s' FIFA World Cup-winning campaign in the summer, but having only featured for Spurs U21s since, was looking for regular first-team football with Bremen more than happy to provide the opportunity. "We've had Milos on our radar for a while now," said sporting director Thomas Eichin. "It's an investment in the future."
Federico Barba - VfB Stuttgart
Former clubs: AS Roma, FC Grosseto, Empoli FC
While Stuttgart’s forward line has been performing flawlessly of late, the backline has not look as settled and, despite a marked improvement under head coach Jürgen Kramny, the club still possess the league's worst defensive record. It is not overly surprising therefore that the Swabians moved to give themselves another option at the back with the loan signing of Barba. Described as "a very talented player" by sporting director Robin Dutt, the young defender has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Serie A side Empoli this season, but will be hoping to feature more regularly for VfB.
Nabil Bahoui - Hamburger SV
Position: Left wing
Former clubs: IF Brommapojkarna, AFC United, AIK Solna, Al-Ahli SC
Having only joined Al-Ahli SC in the summer, Bahoui had his time cut short in Saudi Arabia and is intent on breathing new life into his career with Hamburg. Most at home on the left but comfortable on either flank, the 24-year-old is desperate to ensure that under performing with Al-Ahli will not cost him a place in Sweden’s UEFA EURO 2016 squad. Having directly contributed to 50 goals (32 goals, 18 assists) in 75 appearances in all competitions for AIK Solna, head coach Bruno Labbadia is excited to see whether he can get his feet back on the ground. "He’'s got a good shot and plenty of pace," said Labbadia. "He'll need time but he's got good qualities."
Alexander Milosevic - Hannover 96
Former clubs: Vasalunds IF, AIK Solna, Besiktas JK
Another Swede desperate to turn things around is Hannover's on-loan centre-back Milosevic, who moved to the Reds as part of a swap deal with Besiktas that saw Brazilian centre-back Marcelo head the other way. A defender who definitely falls in the 'warrior' category, Milosevic made just seven appearances in one-and-a-half seasons in Turkey, but was part of the Swedish U21 side that won the European Championships in the summer. "I really want to help this side stay in the Bundesliga," said the four-time full international upon arrival.