Norwich City transfer rumours: Bayern Munich striker not for sale and set for new deal
PUBLISHED: 17:17 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:17 21 June 2019
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Bayern Munich intend to keep hold of reported Norwich City target Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, with a new contract for the striker also suggested in Germany.
Munich newspaper Abendzeitung (AZ) report that the 24-year-old is not for sale as far as Bayern are concerned, after reports of interest from the Canaries and Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
That follows a fine season with Bayern's second team for the two-cap Ghana international, who has one year remaining on his current contract.
Wriedt scored 24 goals in 34 games as Munich's youngsters won Regionalliga Bayern, at the fourth tier of German football, winning the division's golden boot.
The forward made two substitute appearances for the European giants' first team during 2017-18, also featuring as an unused substitute in the Bundesliga on seven occasions - scoring 21 goals in 29 games for Bayern II that season.
Born in Hamburg, Wriedt came through the youth system at St Pauli and also played for VFL Osnabruck before joining Bayern in 2017, having also been top scorer in Regionalliga Nord for Lüneburger SK Hansa in the fourth tier in 2015-16.
AZ report that Bayern II regard the powerful striker as a key player, particularly after selling Woo-Yeong Jeong to Freiburg for around £4million, a 19-year-old South Korean winger who was the team's second top scorer behind Wriedt. They also suggest a new contract offer is likely.
VERDICT: Prolific striker will have been on City's radar with the amount of staff at Carrow Road who have good knowledge of German football but stepping up to the Premier League would be a big ask.
Christoph Zimmermann eventually established himself in the Championship after following Daniel Farke across from Borussia Dortmund II, who also play at the fourth-tier Regionalliga level.
However, Dennis Srbeny was prolific in the third tier for Paderborn but is yet to make too much of an impact for the Canaries.
Srbeny and youngster Adam Idah may well get chances to impress Farke during pre-season and Jordan Rhodes is likely to return as competition for star striker Teemu Pukki, but another high-quality addition is expected, with Nelson Oliveira almost certain to not be involved.
With Bayern now reportedly deciding they want to keep hold of Wriedt, it looks highly unlikely that the Ghanaian will be moving to Norfolk this summer.