Interest from Augsburg had also been reported, however the 23-year-old has opted to sign a two-year deal at the Benteler-Arena, with his contract with die Schanzer having expired in the summer.
Thalhammer joined Ingolstadt from SC Eintracht Freising in 2014, progressing through their youth system. He had previously had a successful loan spell with Regensburg in the 2018-19 season, and had a strong campaign in the 3. Liga back with Ingolstadt last season.
He played in 32 league matches for them, as well as in both play-off games against Nürnberg, scoring three goals and assisting four more. He has made 25 appearances in the second tier, mostly for Regensburg.
The central midfielder will most likely act as a replacement for Klaus Gjasula, who joined Hamburg last week. He is the club’s third signing of the summer, following the low-key arrivals of Moritz Schulze and Pascal Steinwender.
Fabian Wohlgemuth, managing director for sport at Paderborn, said Thalhammer has “numerous” qualities that will aid the team, including his ability in duels, in the air and on the ball. “In Paderborn he wants to take the next step in his career,” he continued.
Regensburg have reacted calmly to missing out on a man who they had been determined to be bring back. Christian Keller, Wohlgemuth’s counterpart, telling Idowa that he was “keeping his fingers crossed” for Thalhammer’s success at Paderborn.
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