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Official: Hertha Berlin sign Piatek from Milan

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Hertha Berlin have announced the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan just a day before the transfer window comes to a close.

Right out of the blue, Hertha Berlin saw off competition from the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea in the race to sign Piatek.

Speaking after the confirmation to the club’s official website, Hertha’s managing director Michael Preetz hailed the club’s new attacking signing – positive he will bring in real cutting edge to their attack.

Preetz said: ‘With Krzysztof we have a highly talented attacker who is impressive at the highest level of his goalscoring and attacking quality, both in Serie A and in the national team.

‘Through him, we now have even more quality in attack. I am sure he will help us a lot in the further development of Hertha.’

Jose Mourinho was interested in bringing Piatek to Spurs this month, but made it very clear that he was only interested in signing the 24-year-old on a loan deal.

Following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan were keen to offload Piatek who became surplus to requirements at the club.

The Rossoneri rejected Tottenham’s advances before giving Hertha the green light.

The deal means Milan gained back most of the £30.4m they paid to sign Piatek last January.

The 24-year-old netted 16 goals in 41 appearances for the San Siro outfit after joining last year.