German club fend off Fulham interest

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Hamburg have blocked Fulham's efforts to sign talented teenage centre-back Josha Vagnoman, according to reports in Germany.

Hamburg have blocked Fulham’s efforts to sign talented teenage centre-back Josha Vagnoman, according to reports in Germany.

Bild claim the Bundesliga 2 club are confident of fending off the interest from three English clubs – Fulham, Newcastle and Brentford – who have reportedly contacted the player’s agent.

Vagnoman has been one of the discoveries of Hamburg’s current season, making eight first-team appearances after graduating from the reserves.

Reports claim Vagnoman could have fetched over 7m euros in transfer fees – a significant amount for a relatively unknown 18-year-old, but Hamburg sports director Ralf Becker is not ready to cash in.

‘Joshua has developed very well and we find him very exciting,’ he said.

‘He has a contract, we plan with him and are not ready to talk.

‘ Vagnoman recently extended his contract with Hamburg through to 2021 and it included a clause that will extend the deal to 2022 if he plays in at least 20 Bundesliga games for them.

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