Hertha BSC officially confirmed the purchase of attacking midfielder Jurgen Ekkelenkamp late Friday evening.
Reports indicate that the Dutch youngster ended up costing "die alte Dame" approximately €3 million.
|Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (left).||Photo: Hertha BSC/citypress|
Dispatches from Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Thursday night were officially confirmed one day later when Germany's West Berlin club officially introduced 21-year-old attacking midfielder Jurgen Ekkelenkamp on Friday night. The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder will receive the no. 10 jersey, indicating that Hertha most certainly plan on immediately integrate him into the attack.
"With his talent, Jurgen will infuse our offensive with a new impetus," sporting CEO Fredi Bobic noted on the club's website.
"It's been a long process," Ekkelenkamp noted in his own statement, "but I'm very happy to finally be here. Hertha is a great club, the Bundesliga is a very interesting division and Berlin is a beautiful city."
It seems unlikely that Bobic and the administrative team are finished with their transfer moves ahead of Tuesday's deadline. The front office still maintains an estimated positive net transfer balance of close to €40 million after the sales of Jhon Cordoba and the recent Matheus Cunha offload.
Additionally, investor Lars Windhorst announced this week that he had managed to raise a €30 million cash injection for the capital city side over the summer.