Kuzmanovic joins Stuttgart

Stuttgart have signed Serbian international midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic from Italian side Fiorentina, the Bundesliga side have announced.

Kuzmanovic, 21, signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, although rumours suggest the tranfer cost Stuttgart €8million.

His arrival follows those of Alexander Hleb of Belarussia and Russian Pavel Pogrebniak, and club coach Markus Babbel is bubbling with excitement at his latest signing.

"Zdravko Kuzmanovic is the epitomy of the modern midfielder: he reads the game very well, he can handle himself in the duels and despite his age he's got plenty of experience," said Babbel.

Stuttgart finished third in the league last season behind champions Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich.