Dortmund signs Serbian midfielder Milos Jojic

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund signed Serbian midfielder Milos Jojic and Werder Bremen presented attacking midfielder Ludovic Obraniak in the Bundesliga's most eye-catching deals on Friday as the transfer window closed.

Wolfsburg playmaker Diego completed his return to Atletico Madrid, where the Brazilian spent a successful loan season in 2011/12, for a reported fee of 1.5 million euros ($2 million).

Diego's contract with Wolfsburg was to expire at the end of the season and the Volkswagen-backed club had already brought in a replacement in Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. De Bruyne proved to be the biggest winter arrival to the Bundesliga following his switch from Chelsea for a fee reported to be around 20 million euros ($27 million).

Dortmund reached agreement with Partizan Belgrade for a reported fee of around 2.2 million euros ($3 million) for the 21-year-old Jojic, who signed a contract through June 2018 with his new club.

"We are very pleased to have signed such a versatile midfielder with enormous potential to complete our squad," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.

Jojic had been the standout performer in the Serbian first division with six goals and seven assists in 15 games before the winter break.

He also scored on his Serbia debut in a friendly against Japan in October, his only international appearance to date.

Jojic provided Dortmund with another option following the season-ending injury to Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan's ongoing back problems.

Bremen's capture of Obraniak from Ligue 1 side Girondins Bordeaux came at the "right time," according to the player.

"For me it's a whole new step. I've only played in France up to now," said the 29-year-old Obraniak, who signed through June 2016.