Hertha target Voronin stay

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Hertha Berlin have admitted that they are keen to sign loan striker Andriy Voronin on a permanent basis from Liverpool, as long as they secure a Champions League spot.

The 29-year-old Ukraine international has been a big hit since returning to the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals in 24 games for Hertha, who currently top the table by one point with nine games to play.

However, Hertha president Werner Gegenbauer has admitted that the extra revenue from Europe's premier club competition will be crucial to their hopes of keeping hold of Voronin.

He told SID: "We cannot go through with a transfer unless we have extra funds from the Champions League, so it depends on whether or not we qualify.

"We can give and receive no promise, but we have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season."

Voronin scored six times in 28 appearances for Liverpool last season, having previously made his name in Germany with Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen.

Meanwhile, Germany international Jermaine Jones has penned a contract extension that will keep him at Schalke for another five years.

The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Schalke following his transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Schalke chairman Josef Schnusenberg said of the news: "I am happy Jermaine will be staying with us for such a long time. He is a key figure in our plans."

Jones hopes his decision will help to revive the club's fortunes, saying: "I want to give the signal to everyone that I am a Schalke player even though the times are tough.

"I want to help the club achieve a better future." Schalke are currently mid-table in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is desperate to seal a permanent switch to Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

The 22-year-old has been on loan at the German club since the January transfer window after enduring a desperate time at White Hart Lane.

Boateng, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, told Bild: "I want to win a new contract at Borussia.

"I have to train really hard. The coach even told me not to rush things. He told me I'd still get chances."