After the reliable relegation, VfL Bochum faces a commitment by striker Philipp Hofmann.
According to agreed media reports, the 29-year-old is said to come free of charge of second division club Karlsruher SC.
The VfL has allegedly agreed with Hofmann for weeks – but only through a transfer to the Bundesliga.
This could be carried out after the 4: 3 last Saturday in Dortmund, which secured the league remaining.
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Hofmann has been reliable in the 2nd division for years.
He was already successful in the current season, overall the former U21 international in 207 missions in the lower house for various clubs to 71 goals.