Hamburger SV officially confirmed the purchase of striker Robert Glatzel on Wednesday evening.
|Robert Glatzel (left).||Photo: Hamburger SV|
As reported earlier, Robert Glatzel will remain in Germany next season. The 27-year-old returns to the 2. Bundesliga as Hamburger SV's replacement for the departed Simon Terrode. German footballing magazine Kicker reports that the final transfer fee clocked in around €900,000, meaning that the high end demands of EFL Championship side Cardiff City were met.
"Robert combines speed, strength, and footballing ability," HSV sporting director Michael Mutzel noted in a statement, "he is experienced in the second division and, at 27-years-of-age, is still capable of developing. He also possesses strong character and will accordingly enhance the structure of the team."
Glatzel's task is by no means an easy one. The departing Terodde, a 2. Bundesliga legend of sorts, netted 24 goals in the just completed campaign. At present, it is unclear whether Hamburg has either the will or the capital to bring in another striker.
Karlsruhe's Phillip Hofmann and FC Copenhagen's Mikkel Kaufmann remain linked with 2. Bundesliga clubs seeking to augment their attack.