Schlaudraff to join Hanover

Bayern Munich striker Jan Schlaudraff is set to join fellow Bundlesliga side Hanover, the Bavarian club said on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old, who arrived at Bayern from Alemannia Aachen in July following their relegation into the second tier, has played just six times for Bayern this term.

Bayern said in a statement: "Bayern have decided to terminate his contract which ran until 2010, as requested by the player, and he will join Hanover in July." No transfer fee or length of contract was given in the statement.

However, Schlaudraff - capped three times by Germany - could get a call-up into the team for Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final, first leg at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

With Luca Toni suspended and Miroslav Klose doubtful after hurting his foot in the German Cup final on Saturday, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has Lukas Podolski and Schlaudraff as possible replacements.