Former Germany U-21 international Jermaine Jones will join Schalke 04 at the end of the season, the Bundesliga leaders announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder, who has missed most of the season with a knee injury, has signed a deal until 2011 and will replace Schalke's Bayern Munich-bound Turkish international Hamit Altintop.

"Schalke are a traditional club with big ambitions and are on the verge of winning the Bundesliga title," said Jones.

"They have got great facilities and are the sort of side any footballer would want to play for."

Schalke manager Andreas Mueller said the club are delighted to capture the flamboyant Jones, the son of a US soldier based in Germany, who has also spent a season at Bayer Leverkusen.

"Jermaine plays the kind of football which fits 100 per cent into our style," said Mueller.

"He is an aggressive and dynamic player, our fans will be glad to have him here."

Schalke coach Mirko Slomka added: "Jermaine is superb in the middle of the park, he is the ideal replacement for Hamit Altintop.

"His strength and his athleticism make him a valuable asset."

Schalke are two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with four games to go.