Hoffenheim have signed 19-year-old striker Peniel Mlapa from second division club 1860 Munich for an undisclosed fee. Mlapa, who has been with 1860 Munich since the age of nine, played 23 games in the second division last season as well as an additional 13 matches for the club's reserve team in the fourth flight of German football.
The Togo-born striker becomes the first new arrival at Hoffenheim this summer and should go straight into their first-team squad. 1860 Director of Sport Miki Stevic confirmed that his club simply could not turn down Hoffenheim's offer.
"Peniel is a player with a great deal of potential and we would have liked to have tied him down on a long-term deal with our club, but we have got to consider the economic conditions attached to such a transfer," Stevic said in a club statement. "We are convinced that he will successfully take the next step in his career with Hoffenheim and we wish him all the best there."
Hoffenheim also believe they got a good deal out of the transfer. "We are very happy that Peniel has decided to join Hoffenheim," said general manager Ernst Tanner on Hoffenheim's website. We are convinced he will show his attacking qualities in the Bundesliga and, as a Germany youth international, he fits into our philosophy for new players."