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BILD: Augsburg "Favorites" to Land Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on Loan

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Bayern Munich's loan plan allegedly involves a contract extension until 2018. The decision is reportedly down to Hojbjerg on whether the 19-year-old wants to start playing his games down the street.

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Pierre Højbjerg has spent a majority of his career on the Bayern Munich bench, but he could be on his way to playing time. Bild is reporting that Augsburg are the current favorite to land the 19-year-old midfield wonder on loan.

According to BILD-Information, the Fuggerstädter have the best hand in the Pierre-Emile Højbjerg "transfer poker." Bayern have decided to extend his 2016 expiring contract until 2018.

Kicker also reported Bayern's intension to extend Højbjerg until 2018 before sending him out on loan. Borussia Mönchengladbach were also allegedly after the Danish international, but kicker suggested that the Fohlen were only interested in a full transfer, eliminating them from any loan talk. Bild believes that the decision on an Augsburg move currently rests on Højbjerg's shoulders.

Højbjerg has tallied 544 minutes in all competitions so far this season, by far the most he has received at the senior level. He filled the injury void at times the end of the Hinrunde that Philipp Lahm and David Alaba left in midfield, but more times than not, Guardiola supplemented the loss of his players with attacking power. When players begin to return from injury, Højbjerg appears to be on the outside looking in.

Augsburg manager Markus Weinzierl is currently utilizing Daniel Baier and Dominik Kohr as his two main holding midfield. Kohr's loan from Bayer Leverkusen ends after the Rückrunde, a factor that might lead to a longer loan-spell for Højbjerg in Augsburg. Bayern's Bavarian neighbors are making a push towards European competition, a threshold where they will need all the depth they can get.

Should Bayern confirm a loan move for Højbjerg, he could follow in the footsteps of recent departure and former academy product Toni Kroos. The now Real Madrid player spent a season and a half with Leverkusen between January 2010 and June 2011 before becoming a mainstay in Bayern's midfield.

Fellow midfielders Mehmet Ekici and Alaba departed on shorter loans – Ekici for a year at Nürnberg and Alaba for six months at Hoffenheim – and while Alaba was able to break into the first team, Bayern eventually sold Ekici upon his return to Werder Bremen. Højbjerg would be the seventh player in the last five years that Bayern has loaned within the Bundesliga, but just the fourth academy product.

The countdown until the January transfer window is now down to 10 days, meaning Højbjerg's decision could come soon.