Sandro Wagner hands in transfer request for desired Bayern Munich move

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Hoffenheim striker Sandro Wagner is keen on a return to boyhood club Bayern Munich, reportedly handing in a transfer request according to German tabloid Bild.

The Bavarian giants view Sandro Wagner as an ideal backup for Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.

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Sandro Wagner faced an uphill battle to break into Bayern Munich’s squad in the 2006/07 season, with the likes of Luca Toni, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski well ahead of him in the pecking order. He made only four Bundesliga appearances that season, all of which came off the bench.

Interestingly, these latest findings contradict the player’s own remarks from last year, when he claimed he ‘didn’t want to be anyone’s backup’.

“I will not go anywhere where I will be making good money, but will only be a bench-warmer. I no longer want to be anyone’s backup,” said Wagner in an interview with Bild in June 2016.

Born in Munich, Sandro Wagner was a Bayern player for 13 years, starting in the youth system as an eight-year-old.

He made 44 appearances for their reserves until debuting for the senior team in 2007, but only ever made eight appearances before establishing himself with several other clubs in Germany.

Wagner managed his best-ever Bundesliga total with Darmstadt in 2015/16, scoring 14 times in 32 appearances and earning a move to Hoffenheim.

He scored his maiden European goal in a UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool in August, and found the net five times from three appearances in Germany’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

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