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Hertha Berlin snap up Baumjohann
Jun 08, 2013 1:01 PM EST
Bundesliga newcomers Hertha Berlin have captured the signature of former Kaiserslautern midfielder Alexander Baumjohann.
The 26-year-old lists Schalke, Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach among his former clubs and moves to the German capital on a three-year-deal.
Baumjohann notched five times in 25 appearances for Kaiserslautern last season as he helped them to finish third, before losing to Hoffenheim in a play-off to reach the top-flight, and said he was delighted to secure a move to the Olympic Stadium.
"I'm really looking forward to the challenge at Hertha," he told Bundesliga.com.
"I want to play my part so that we - the club, the team and the fans - can achieve our objectives."
Michael Preetz, Hertha's sporting director, was equally delighted at being able to bring in a player as versatile as Baumjohann, who can feature on eityher flank as well as a central midfield role.
"In Alexander Baumjohann we have managed to acquire a player who is experienced but also versatile," Preetz said.
Hertha clinched a return to the German top flight last season, winning Bundesliga.2 by nine points from Eintracht Braunschweig.