United States midfielder Jermaine Jones is out-of-contract currently and on the hunt for a new club. Hannover are interested in handing the German-American a return to the Bundesliga, however one massive obstacle stands in his way. A mandatory six-match suspension for violent conduct would push back any potential first match for Jones to March and the club need a defensive midfielder now.
The club are on the hunt for a holding midfielder before the transfer window in Germany shuts on Monday. Because Jones is out-of-contract, he'd be able to sign in an emergency situation if they're unable to find a suitable option before the window closes.
Jones was suspended six matches for violent conduct towards referee Mark Geiger during the New England Revolution's first round playoff match with D.C. United last year. He must sit out the six matches no matter where he signs. Hannover are interested in the signing only if MLS reduces the suspension according to BILD. Since the suspension is a mandatory one, that is very unlikely to happen.
At this rate it appears as if no matter what club Jones signs with, he'll be forced to miss the USMNT's two World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala in March.