(photo credit: Associated Press)
The Toto Tamuz transfer saga finally ended on Wednesday night, when the striker
signed a three-year deal at Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The 22-year-old joins from
Betar Jerusalem, where he played since 2006, and will be able to take part in
Hapoel’s Champions League campaign, putting pen to paper just hours before the
“I’m very happy to be joining Hapoel,” said Tamuz, who
moved for a transfer fee of $350,000, with Betar to also receive 20 percent of
any future sale.
“I think that Eli Gutman and the superb atmosphere at
the club can help my career and I’m certain we will achieve success this
Tel Aviv had been chasing Tamuz’s signature since it advanced to
the group stage of European soccer’s most prestigious competition last week, but
the striker proved to be an elusive target.
Tamuz twice agreed to join
the reigning Premier League champion in the last couple of days, only to change
his mind and announce that he wanted to stay with Betar.
Wednesday he finally officially joined the Reds and will bolster Gutman’s
limited strike force, joining Itai Shechter, Ben Sahar and the young Victor
Tamuz is Hapoel’s second signing in as many days, with midfielder
Salim Toama joining the side on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Toama began his
career at Hapoel and returns to the club after spending three seasons in Europe,
two at Standard Liege of Belgium and one at Larissa of Greece.
to be back,” said Toama, who signed a two-year contract.
“I wanted to
return to Hapoel regardless of the Champions League and I’m here to help the
club. I want to prove that I can still play.”
Also Tuesday, Gal Alberman
completed his move to Maccabi Tel Aviv from Borussia Monchengladbach and Pini
Balili joined Bnei Yehuda.
Alberman signed for Maccabi after playing just
16 league matches for the German club in two seasons, due in large part to
injuries, with Balili returning to Israel after seven years in the Turkish