Schalke 04 have signed Nigerian striker Chinedu Obasi on loan through to season's end from fellow top flight German side Hoffenheim with an option of a further extension, the club announced on Sunday.
Obasi, 25, willl accompany his new teammates to their winter break camp in Qatar starting on 4 January.
The forward had been with Hoffenheim. where he was under contract through to 2014, since 2007 having previously played in Norway. He has made 65 appearances, scoring 13 goals but recently lost his place.
Cup holders Schalke are currently third in the league table, three points behind Bayern Munich.