Young Augsburg midfielder, Kevin Vogt, is the name on many managers' wish-lists after a fruitful campaign in the Bundesliga.
The 22-year-old has sparked a lot of interest from the Premier League and with just 12 months remaining on his contract, he could be lured with a move to England.
Aston Villa, Southampton, Hull City, Stoke City and Championship winners, Leicester City, are the clubs who have been linked with the playmaker who helped his side finish eighth in the German League.
“Kevin has had an exceptional season, and we can't deny that off the back of that there are a number of clubs who have expressed an interest," he told reporters. “However, there are no bids on the table and until that point, we cannot say anymore."
With one game remaining, Augsburg are still in contention of clinching a Europa League qualification spot after what has been their most successful season in history.
He plays alongside Matthias Ostrzolek who played with him when he was training with the Bochum Academy as a teenager. Ilkay Gündogan also featured in this academy line up before moving to FC Nürnberg and then Borussia Dortmund.
Vogt was recently a Germany Under-21 international and this follows on from his previous appearances with the under 18s and under 20s at national level.
After featuring in 27 matches this season and having previously been intertwined in the national set up, Vogt is a well experienced player who might be ready for a new challenge.
Both Villa and Hull are craving a creative mind in their midfield as they continue to struggle in the bottom half of the table. Next season they will hope to embark into the top ten but they will need to flog the deadwood to account for his place.
The Tigers are also set to be interested in Jake Livermore on a permanent deal which may rule them out of a move for the German. The Saints, on the other hand, may be in need of a need of a new face in the middle if Adam Lallana is subject to a move elsewhere. He picked up four awards at his club’s presentation evening and with a World Cup place looking likely, he could turn a few more heads elsewhere in Europe.
Southampton are renowned for their preference in young talent and the 6ft 5 attacking German would be an ideal acquisition this summer.
However, a move abroad could be decided this weekend depending on the result of Augsburg’s final fixture. If FSV Mainz fail to win and the Bavarian side get a win against Frankfurt then they will be rewarded with a place in Europe. Achieving this could sway the player to stay as this is something that the other clubs cannot promise him. Well, Hull maybe if they win the FA Cup.
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