Top scorer Christiansen goes over to Hanover

BERLIN: Joint top Bundesliga scorer Thomas Christiansen has joined Hanover 96 for the next three seasons from VfL Bochum. Hanover said Christiansen had passed a medical examination on Friday and signed a deal late on Friday. 

“We're delighted that we reached an agreement that we can all live with,” said Hanover sports director Ricardo Moar. 

Hanover paid 1.5mil euros (US$1.77mil) for the player although it was unclear if they also paid Bochum any of a on5e million euro buy-out fee stipulated in Christiansen's contract. 

The 30-year-old Christiansen was born in Denmark but has a Spanish passport and two caps for Spain. He scored 21 goals for Bochum last season, the same number as Bayern Munich's Elber. 

Christiansen replaces Germany striker Fredi Bobic, who has moved to Hertha Berlin, although Moar said the two players had quite different playing styles. 

“He's not really a direct successor for Bobic,” he said. “We know he's a completely different kind of player. But I still think the fans can look forward to a lot of goals from him.”  

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