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Official: Ghana target Luckassen completes transfer from PSV to Hertha Berlin

15:57 GMT+3 29/08/2018
Derrick Luckassen - Colin Kazim-Richards, AZ - Feyenoord, Eredivisie 05042015
The centre-back has been announced by the German side as their latest signing

Dutch-born defender of Ghanaian descent Derrick Luckassen has finalized a move to German side Hertha Berlin from PSV Eindhoven. 

The centre-back has joined Die Alte Dame on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the period. 

He made 19 Eredivisie outings, involving nine starts, for the Red and Whites in 2017-18 after transferring from AZ Alkmaar in summer last year. 

"Hertha have made their fifth signing of the transfer window, taking Derrick Luckassen on a one-year loan from PSV Eindhoven, with an option to buy the player," the Bundesliga outfit announced on their official website on Tuesday. 

Luckassen has been forced to pursue a move away from PSV due to his limited appearances last season.

"I was instantly certain that Hertha would be the right step for me. I’d like to win a lot of games with the team and finish as high up as possible on the table," said, the 23-year-old.

"I've been following the Bundesliga for a while, it's a big league. I hope I can play a good role here.

"The atmosphere in the stadiums is great and I am very excited about playing my football and enjoying it here. 

"This is only possible through many missions and hard work. I want to win a lot of games with the team and finish as well as possible in the league.

Hertha director of sport Michael Preetz added: “With Derrick’s arrival, we’re getting a player with a very good mentality and who gives us even more options in defence, especially at centre-back.

“He’s been a target of ours for a while now, as his tackling and heading capabilities, as well as his ability to open the game up, fit our play style really well."

Having played for the Netherlands at various youth stages, Luckassen remains eligible to represent Ghana at senior level as he is yet to make a competitive senior appearance for Oranje.