Hertha Berlin revealed on 30 March that they have agreed a transfer with Liverpool for hot-shot striker Andrei Voronin, providing the Bundesliga side qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Since joining cash-strapped Hertha on loan from Liverpool at the start of the season, Voronin, 29, has scored 11 league goals in 21 games, eight of which have come in the last seven matches.
Hertha president Werner Gegenbauer says Berlin have agreed a fee of around four million euros with Liverpool for the Ukrainian forward, but the whole deal depends on whether Hertha make the UEFA Champions League.
"We cannot go through with a transfer unless we have extra funds from the Champions League, so it depends on whether or not we qualify," said Gegenbauer. "We can give and receive no promise, but we have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season."
Berlin coach Lucien Favre has said the club have no money for new players this summer, but the league leaders have made it clear they want Voronin to stay if they reach the UEFA Champions League. They are currently top of the table with just a single point's lead and need to finish in the top three if Voronin is to remain past the end of the season. Voronin has won 57 caps for his country and has made no secret of his desire to remain in the German capital.