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Hamburg sign Marcelo Diaz to boost survival push

He won't solve all their problems, but he'll solve a few.

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It's going to be tough for Hamburg to stay up in the Bundesliga, but their midfield got a whole lot better on deadline day. The German (former) giants announced just before the deadline that they'd signed Marcelo Diaz from FC Basel.

Since joining Basel from Universidad de Chile, Diaz has been one of the club's most influential players. His versatility has been a big part of the club's relative success in European competition, and he was part of two Swiss title-winning teams for FCB.

That versatility is what makes him most appealing to a Hamburg side that's lacking quality all over the pitch. Diaz has played as a holder, box-to-box midfielder and advanced playmaker in his time with La U, Basel and the Chilean national team. He's just as much of a ball-winner as he is a playmaker, and he's operated in all kinds of different systems and formations.

Of course, Diaz can't fix Hamburg's biggest problem on his own -- scoring goals. The HSV attack has been horrible this season, but maybe the increased possession and quality of service they'll get from adding Diaz will spark some of their forwards to life.