Mike Steven Bähre has become the Reds' first summer signing after the midfielders loan deal was made permanent this afternoon.
The 23-year-old joined the Reds from Hannover 96 last August, where he had played under head coach Daniel Stendel and made 42 appearances for his former boss, scoring two goals.
The tricky German, who Stendel recommended to ex-chief exec Gauthier Ganaye when he joined the Reds, has impressed at Oakwell with his excellent football brain and quick feet.
He told the Reds official website:
“I’m so happy, relieved even, that it’s finally happened. When I came here nine months ago I had an expectation, a dream of sorts, of what I wanted from the loan. And that is exactly what has happened now.
“We had an amazing season and I feel I played my part in that. I was OK at the start but I think that in the second half of the campaign I really showed my best form as we claimed second-place.”