Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:12:00 – Nottingham Forest have signed Hull City defender Jack Hobbs on a season-long loan which will become permanent next summer.
The 24-year-old will commence a pre-agreed two-year contract at the end of the 2013-14 campaign that will keep him at the City Ground until the summer of 2016.
A former Liverpool trainee, Hobbs made 22 appearances for Hull last season as they clinched automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Forest boss Billy Davies said: "We are very pleased to welcome Jack to the club.
"He has for some time been recognised as one of the brightest defensive prospects outside the Premier League and I am delighted that we have been able to bring him in.
"To target players of his calibre is easy; the difficult part is making the deal happen.
"Not only do signings like this further signal our intentions this season, but they also highlight the hard work that is going on behind the scenes to ensure we are a force to be reckoned with.
"Things are slowly falling into place. There is still a lot of work to be done, but Jack is another piece in the jigsaw."
Bayern fought off widespread interest in the 21-year-old winger last summer to take him to Germany from FC Basel.
The Switzerland international arrived at the Allianz Arena with a reputation already well-established, but considered to have the potential to get even better.
Shaqiri has, however, faced fierce competition for places at Bayern - and that situation looks set to intensify following the summer acquisitions of Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara.
It has been suggested that the Swiss forward is among those Bayern would be willing to listen to offers for - with Liverpool said to be keen on discussing a deal - but Rummenigge insists there have been no formal approaches as yet.
He said: "Nobody has called about Shaqiri. Right now there are no plans (to sell).
"The coach is completely satisfied with him. I think we will go into the season with the current squad."