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Reports: Bochum prepare to bring controversial striker Polter back to the Bundesliga

By Peter Vice

A Dutch source reports that a transfer of striker Sebastian Polter to VfL Bochum is in the final stages. 

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Former Wolfsburg, Nürnberg, and Mainz striker Sebastian Polter is reportedly on his way back to the Bundesliga. The 30-year-old last played in the German top flight with 1. FC Union Berlin during the 2019/20 campaign.

Polter's time at Union came to a rather ignominious end during the "silent spring" of the global pandemic in 2020. Union released him when he refused to join his teammates in accepting a COVID-driven pay cut. The issue of waived/deferred wages was one that members of the German press had little sympathy for.

Since moving to Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Erdevisie, Polter has put up good production numbers. He tallied nine times and garnered five assists in 32 competitive appearances last season. According to "Voetbal International", Polter remains one of the top earners at the club.

A move back to the Bundesliga would have been unforeseeable for Polter after the controversy surrounding his release from Union 15 months ago. For Bochum, the need for an additional attacker to supplement the loss of Robert Zulj appears to override whatever concerns might still linger.

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