Hamburger SV’s first winter newcomer has been on board since Saturday morning and has arrived at the training camp in Sotogrande: left-back Noah Katterbach is to fill the gap left by Tim Leibold’s move to Kansas City.
Reinforces HSV on the left-back position: Noah Katterbach.
“We’re working flat out on transfers,” sporting director Jonas Boldt said at the beginning of his stay in Spain. One day after the 2:6 in the test against SC Freiburg, the first newcomer arrived. Katterbach has actually been on loan from 1. FC Köln to the Swiss first division club FC Basel since January 2022. There he only made six appearances in the first series in the Super League, now the loan with the Swiss will be terminated prematurely, instead the 21-year-old will sign with the Hanseatic League until the summer. Over the weekend, Katterbach will initially train with his new club with a guest permit, and then all contract details will be finalized on Monday or Tuesday.
Katterbach there – will a central defender follow?
Katterbach should act as a backup behind Miro Muheim on the left in the back four. The Swiss prevailed there against ex-captain Tim Leibold, who therefore switched to the MLS half a year before the end of his contract. With the man from Cologne, Tim Walter now has the one desired alternative. What the coach is still missing is another central defender: Mario Vuskovic, who has been suspended due to EPO doping, has to give his statement to the DFB by Tuesday, while HSV is currently working on an alternative solution. The Spaniard Francisco Montero is still traded in Turkey. The 23-year-old central defender is under contract with Besiktas Istanbul, but has no prospects there. One thing is clear: Since the situation surrounding Vuskovic raises many unanswered questions, HSV is also planning a loan deal for this position.
And yet it doesn’t seem as much in need as it seemed in the middle of the week. Jonas David, who arrived in Sotogrande with a slight muscle fiber tear in his thigh, is already training away from his team-mates with the ball. Walter hopes that the 22-year-old can improve his program significantly during the training camp. The second half of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig on January 29th is not in danger for David.