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Stuttgart openly shopping quartet of non-training players

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

VfB Stuttgart sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth has openly admitted that four players not participating in the club's training camp are being shopped for transfers. 
Wahid Faghir.
Wahid Faghir.Photo: VfB Stuttgart
Speaking to the local "Stuttgarter Nachrichten" newspaper, VfB Stuttgart personnel manager Fabian Wohlgemuth has admitted that four players not training with the team are likely on their way out of the Baden-Württemberg capital. The top-tier Bundesliga side presently carries a roster of 34 active players. Wohlgemuth was not shy about stating that he wishes to reduce this to 30 prior to the start of the season.

Portuguese attacker Gil Dias, winger Momo Cissé, midfielder Ömer Beyaz, and striker Wahid Faghir are all to be either sold or loaned out. It wasn't necessarily a secret that VfB head-coach Sebastian Hoeneß had no use for the first three names. The matter of Danish attacking prospect Faghir does come as something of a surprise given that it was reported that the 19-year-old would get a second chance under the new coaching regime.

German journalist George Moissidis, the Stuttgart correspondent for Germany's Kicker Magazine, reports that a new injury leaves the Swabians less interested in taking a chance on Faghir. The youngster - with an estimated market worth of €2.5 million - is by far the most valuable player of the quartets. Moissidis reports that Stuttgart are considering another loan.

"We have to reduce the squad, which currently has more than 30 men, on the road towards our first competitive match," Wohlgemuth is quoted by Moissidis as saying, "We're in talks with other clubs. Those who remain at home are training individually so as to avoid injuries that could hinder a possible transfer."

"Training in a reduced manner makes sense for them," Wohlgemuth is further quoted by both the Stuttgarter Nachrichten and Germany's Bild tabloid newspaper as saying, "We have to decide what suits us best, make difficult decisions, test the market, and make compromises."

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