Hamburg have finally completed the signing of Groningen striker Marcus Berg on a five-year contract. The 22-year-old front-man netted 13 goals in 15 outings for the Dutch side in 2008/09 - including four in one match against Roda JC - having scored 18 the previous season. However, the youngster shot to fame during the recent European U21 Championships in Sweden, where Berg bagged seven goals in four matches as the hosts eventually bowed out on penalties to England at the semi-final stage. Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Fulham, Ajax, Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Lazio, Villarreal and Hamburg had been linked with the starlet's signature this summer. And it is the latter who have now won the race for the youngster, with Hamburg also agreeing to play a pre-season friendly with Groningen in either of the next two years as part of the agreement. "I am pleased that everything is now perfect," Berg told the club's official website. "HSV is a top club in the Bundesliga and I want good performances and goals to help ensure that we will be as successful as possible." NEWS: Hamburg ahead in race to bag Berg NEWS: Fulham enter race to bag Berg NEWS: Berg set to snub England for Germany NEWS: Groningen ready Berg replacement NEWS: Merseyside duo keen on bagging Berg
20 July 2009
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