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KSC seek answers on Hofmann amid Bochum and Mainz links

By Peter Vice

Speaking to local newspaper Badische Neuste Nachrichten, Karlsruher SC managing director Oliver Kreuzer said he wanted firm clarification on striker Philipp Hofmann's future "in the coming days."

The BNN report lists two potential top tier clubs who may wish to pat €1-2 million for the attacker.

Philipp Hofmann.
Philipp Hofmann.Photo: Silesia711, CC-by-SA 4.0

Definitely not interested in repeating the antics of last autumn, KSC administrator Oliver Kreuzer insisted upon closure in the case of his most valuable asset. Twenty-eight-year-old striker Philipp Hofmann, on an expiring contract, either moves up to the top flight or remains in Baden.


"In the next few days, we'll be done with the topic," Kreuzer told the Badische Neuste Nachrichten, "I don't want to be on a plane to Rostock and then suddenly have to deal with another transfer request from the player."

The article appearing in the Karlsruhe daily also featured quotes from Hofmann's agent Tobias Sander, who confirmed that there were no talks of a contract extension with the KSC. The striker himself told the BNN in June that he would consider a transfer to the Bundesliga, but not to another club within the second division.

"If I'm to switch, I'll go one league higher," Hofmann told the newspaper some weeks back, "Within the 2. Bundesliga, it makes no sense for me."

The BNN report listed VfL Bochum and FSV Mainz 05 as potential suitors for Hofmann, who has put up prolific scoring numbers in the lower leagues. Over the past two seasons at Karlsruhe, Hofmann netted 31 goals and bagged 13 assists in one 3. Bundesliga and one 2. Bundesliga campaign.


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