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Report: Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt attracts interest from three Bundesliga clubs

By Peter Vice

A report in the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger confirms that the Cathedral City club is among one of three Bundesliga suitors lining up for VfL Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt. 

Yannick Gerhardt.
Yannick Gerhardt.Photo: Sven Mandel, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has not necessarily been a secret that Yannick Gerhardt's expiring contract shall render him a sought-after commodity during the coming transfer window. A local newspaper in Cologne published a report today noting that Gerhardt's former club is definitely interested in bringing him back to "Domstadt".

Gerhardt left Köln following the 2015/16 campaign, moving to Germany's green company team for a transfer fee of €13 million. The 26-year-old has made well over 100 appearances for the German Wolves, tallying seven times over the course of five seasons.

The former Germany U19 star became expendable last year, when new head-coach Oliver Glasner acquired midfielder Xaver Schlager. An early injury to Schlager meant that Gerhardt saw more playing time than expected last season. He scored four goals in 25 appearances across all competitions.

Injuries have once again enabled Gerhardt to log some playing time this year, but he is reportedly dissatisfied with his slide down the depth chart and has actively resisted attempts by the VfL to renew his contract. A January transfer seems almost certain.

The Kölner article cites sources to reveal that three top-tier Bundesliga clubs have already expressed interest. The article does not name the other two.

It may be the case that Köln sporting director Horst Heldt and die Geißböcke may quickly fall behind in any effort to procure the midfielder. Heldt must presumably reduce the size of his roster in order to even begin clearing space for Gerhardt on the weekly wage budget.

Heldt admitted as much in a Wednesday interview with German footballing magazine Kicker, saying "Without naming names, we must focus on reducing quantity first. Then we might be in a position to act."

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