Official: Hamburg Snap Up Mickael Tavares From Slavia Prague

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Following their loan signing of Venezuelan midfielder Tomas Rincon, Hamburger SV have unveiled a second winter signing in the shape of midfielder Mickael Tavares from Slavia Prague.

HSV sporting director Dietmar Beiersdorfer confirmed the news after Slavia made the transfer of the Cape Verde international public on their official website.  

"He is on his way to us," Beiersdorfer admitted during the half time interval of Hamburg’s game against Bayern Munich last night. HSV beat the Bavarians 1-0 to go top of the table.      

Media reports suggest that the 26-year-old has signed a contract at the HSH Nordbank Arena until 2012 and that a fee of around €1.5 million is involved. 

"I received an offer that I just couldn’t turn down," he is quoted as saying on the Slavia Prague website.  

"A move to the Bundesliga is a big chance for my future footballing career," he added.  

Tavares was born in France and started out at Creteil before moving to Portugal with FC Alverca. 

He returned to France with Nantes and Tours before his move to the Czech Republic in 2007.

Mathew Burt,