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Prince Tagoe signs for Hoffenheim

By Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport

Prince Tagoe at Tuesday's signing ceremony in Accra
Prince Tagoe at Tuesday's signing ceremony with Hoffenheim

Ghana international striker Prince Tagoe has joined German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old signed a three-year contract on Tuesday, moving from Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq.

Tagoe told BBC Sport: "I'm delighted to have joined Hoffenheim, one of the most respected clubs in the world.

"This is a dream come true as it has always been my ambition to play for a top European club.

"Having spoken to the manager of the club, the chief executive, my agents and other people at the club, I am excited about this move."

Hoffenheim had faced competition from clubs in England, Spain, Italy and France for Tagoe's signature.

But he arrived in Germany on Tuesday for contract talks and a medical, after helping the Black Stars defeat Mali 2-0 in Sunday's 2010 World Cup qualifier in Bamako.

He added: "I had many options with several clubs in Europe seeking to sign me on very lucrative deals.

I know other players who have had the opportunity to play with Hoffenheim and they have nothing but great things to say about the club

Prince Tagoe

"But I wanted to sign for a club that could guarantee me first-team action where I can continue to develop my talents.

"There are many young African players who were given the chance at the club and I want to come here to fight for a position and establish myself in Europe.

"I know other players who have had the opportunity to play with Hoffenheim and they have nothing but great things to say about the club."

Tagoe started his career abroad after the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations when he signed for Saudi side Al Ittihad from local club Hearts of Oak.

He played for Al Shabab in the United Arab Emirates in 2007 before joining Al Ettifaq a year later.

Hoffenheim had four Africans on their books for the 2008/9 season - Nigerian Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke, Senegal's Demba Ba, Ghana defender Isaac Vorsah, and Ivorian Boubacar Sanogo.

They finished seventh in the Bundesliga.



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