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Ibisevic joins Stuttgart to boost strike force

BERLIN (Reuters) -- VfB Stuttgart signed Bosnia international forward Vedad Ibisevic from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim in a deal until 2016 as they seek to move away from the drop zone, the club said on Wednesday.

"We wanted to further strengthen our frontline and managed to do just that with the signing of Vedad Ibisevic," Stuttgart sports director Fredi Bobic told reporters.

Ibisevic, who has also played in the United States and France, had been at Hoffenheim since 2007, helping them win promotion to the Bundesliga in 2008.

He has scored 49 goals in 116 Bundesliga appearances with Hoffenheim and Alemannia Aachen and was leading scorer at the halfway mark of the 2008-09 season with 18 goals in 17 games before being ruled out of the rest of that season with a serious injury.

Stuttgart, who paid a reported 5 million euros, are in 10th place after 18 games on 22 points, five points above the drop zone.

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