Belek – Hannover 96 have beefed up their forward ranks ahead of the season restart by signing from Hamburger SV on loan until the end of the season.

After passing his medical, the 25-year-old Latvia international was all set for the first practice session with his new team-mates on Friday at their winter training camp in Belek, Turkey. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose details of the deal.

“Pacy, dynamic and direct”

“We've acquired a player who's already demonstrated he can score goals in the Bundesliga. This will give us fresh options up front,” sporting director Dirk Dufner said. New head coach Tayfun Korkut is likewise “very happy to have Artjoms joining us at the start of the training camp, so we can get some intensive preparation work done together. At Hamburg, he impressed me as a pacy, dynamic and direct striker.”

Rudnevs determined

Rudnevs joined HSV from Polish top-flight outfit Lech Poznan in the summer of 2012 and has scored twelve goals in 41 Bundesliga appearances for the Red Shorts.

“I didn't get as much playing time as I'd anticipated in the first half of the season, so there wasn't much hesitation when Hannover came in with an offer,” the 26-time Latvia international explained. “Now I want to help the team have a successful second campaign half. The training camp will certainly help me get to know the coach and the squad quickly.”