With only minor details left to work out, Bayern Munich have effectively sealed the widely anticipated move of Hoffenheim and Germany striker Sandro Wagner for a fee of €12 million when the winter transfer window open in January, according to kicker, which also cited multiple reports in Germany.
The 30-year-old Wagner would complete Bayern’s search for a reliable backup for Robert Lewandowski. The double-digit transfer fee helps mitigate Wagner’s contract with Hoffenheim, which is through June 2020.
The Munich-born Wagner joined Bayern at the age of nine, made his Bundesliga debut in 2007 but failed to make a lasting impression. He was a Bundesliga nomad, playing at Duisburg, Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern and Hertha Berlin before hitting a run of good form at Darmstadt in 2015. Wagner linked up with Hoffenheim in 2016 and was called into the Germany squad earlier this year. Wagner has scored 18 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions for Hoffenheim and has five goals in seven appearances for Die Mannschaft.