Sanogo switches Hamburg for Bremen

Sanogo switches Hamburg for Bremen
By Eurosport

24/07/2007 at 16:56Updated

Ivory Coast striker Boubacar Sanogo has left Hamburg to sign for Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen.

The 24-year-old penned a four-year deal with Bremen, but was quick to play down suggestions he is a replacement for the departed Miroslav Klose, who left earlier this summer.

"I want to get into the starting XI and show with my performances that signing me was the right move," he said.

"I have my qualities, but am not the new Klose."

Sanogo arrives at the Weserstadion off the back of a disappointing season with Hamburg, during which he netted just four goals.

But Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf is in desperate need of another striker after Klose left for Bayern Munich, and with Ivan Klasnic still recovering from a kidney transplant and Aaron Hunt out with a knee injury.

Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs said: "Following Klose's departure, we saw it necessary to move in the attacking department.

"We are absolutely convinced of his qualities and that he will score the necessary goals for us."

Sanogo failed to settle in Hamburg following his move from Kaiserslauten at the beginning of last season and was targeted by fans as a makor contributing factor to Hamburg's poor form early on in the campaign.