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Bayern Munich were interested in John Anthony Brooks before Serdar Tasci

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The young defender will remain in Berlin.

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In their quest for a centerback to get them through the end of the season, and potentially beyond, Bayern Munich were leaving no stones unturned. The club eventually decided on signing Spartak Moscow's Serdar Tasci to a six month loan (with the option to buy), but he wasn't the club's only target during the last week.

A new report from TZ says that Bayern were sniffing around Hertha Berlin centerback John Anthony Brooks, but were forced to look elsewhere when the recently-turned 23 year old decided to renew his contract in the capital until 2019.

The American international has certainly had his fair share of ups-and-downs thus far in his professional career, but there's no denying that his game reaches an elite level when he's "on". Brooks has all of the physical talents in the world, and if he can find consistency, a bigger club that Berlin will come calling sooner rather than later.

Before FC Bayern settled on Tasci, signing a young, potential-filled centerback like Brooks was the direction that many thought the club should take. Of course, if the club's current centerback rotation could stay healthy, a signing like this wouldn't be necessary at all.