Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach have completed the transfer of Austria international Martin Stranzl from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee. The defender has signed a contract until the summer of 2013 with his new club.
The Fohlen have been extremely vulnerable at the back and have already conceded 47 goals in the first half of the season. Gladbach sit rock bottom in the table with only 10 points from 17 games.
Therefore, head coach Michael Frontzeck was eager to add to his ranks this winter and he's hopeful that the 30-year-old Stranzl will help turning things around after the winter break.
The experienced defender started his professional career with 1860 Munich and also played for Stuttgart before joining Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2006. He had lost his starting berth at the Russian side in recent months and was therefore keen to move on.
Stranzl is Moenchengladbach's third signing of the winter transfer window. They previously secured the services of Mike Hanke from Hannover and Havard Nordtveit from Arsenal.