Hoffenheim sign Ghanaian Tagoe
Hoffenheim have made Ghanaian striker Prince Tagoe their third signing this summer after the 22-year-old penned a three-year contract yesterday.
Tagoe joins on a free transfer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittifaq Dammam and passed a medical in Hoffenheim last night. "Prince Tagoe fits into our profile perfectly," Hoffenheim's director of sport Jan Schindelmeiser said on the club's website.
"He is young, highly talented and can now take the next step in his development with us. He is technically strong, two-footed and has proven his goalscoring instinct both for his club and national team."
Hoffenheim will be Tagoe's first club in Europe and, with eight international appearances and four goals under his belt, he is relishing a new challenge. "Signing on was just a formality," he said. "I am really looking forward to Hoffenheim and the Bundesliga. This is the next step in my career."
He joins new arrivals Christian Eichner and Maicosuel in Ralf Rangnick's squad next season and his signing may open the door for Demba Ba to seal his dream move to Stuttgart.
The Senegalese forward said he is "no longer thinking about Hoffenheim" and, despite being told by Schindelmeiser and club owner Dietmar Hopp that he must respect his contract, the arrival of a new striker and the return to fitness of Vedad Ibisevic could prompt a change in heart. Stuttgart have already held talks with Ba's agent.