German International Rejects Saints To Sign New Deal At Hoffenheim.
Monday, 10th Jul 2017 09:28
Arron Sanders hopes that although Saints failed in this bid, that it signifies a statement of intent for the summer transfer window.
Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner has reportedly,turned down the chance to join Saints in a £14.5m switch by signing a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit on Sunday.
Bild newspaper claim the Germany international striker rejected the move, deciding he wanted to stay closer to home and play in Champions League matches.
Wagner was impressive for Julian Nagelsmann’s side last term, scoring 12 Bundesliga goals as they finished fourth and earned a spot in the Champions League play-off round.
The 29-year-old then carried on his good form for Germany in the Confederations Cup this summer, helping his country to all the way to winning.
There was rumoured interest from England last season with both Southampton and West Brom linked to him, but he put pen to paper on a new contract through to 2020 over the weekend.
Despite the fact Saints have missed out on a potential target, it is a good sign to see the club targeting players of Wagner's calibre.
This does fill me with some hope that we may see an arrival or two into the club of a high quality standard which will excite the fans ahead of the new season.
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