Newcastle United have had an offer turned down for Josha Vagnoman, according to reports on Thursday morning.
The defender is rated as one of the best young prospects in German football and was the subject of widespread links with English clubs in January.
Over in Germany, it is Hamburger Abendblatt who have reported that the Newcastle offer was turned down by Hamburger SV.
The club have just been relegated from the Bundesliga but German newspaper claims that Hamburger SV don’t want to cash in on the player and that Josha Vagnoman himself, is keen to stay.
They say that their information is that the 17 year old will sign a three year contract with the option of an extra year.
Normally playing as a left-back, Vagnoman can also play on the right and is a very athletic and powerful player already, plus he has ability going forward.
Back in the January window, and since then, the youngster has been linked with many clubs, including Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester City. Earlier in the year a price tag of at last £3m was reported as his valuation.
A regular for the Hamburger SV Under 19s this past season, he made his Bundesliga debut in March at the age of only 17 years 3 months. It was a tough one, as he came on with 20 minutes remaining with his club already 4-0 down to Bayern Munich, the final score 6-0.
Josha Vagnoman was scouted by many clubs at last year’s Under 17s World Cup, he impressed as he played every game for Germany who lost in the quarter-finals, with of course England the eventual winners of the tournament.
After the January window closed, the player stated he was more than happy to stay and develop with Hamburger SV rather than look to move elsewhere in the immediate future:
“The key is that I feel comfortable with Hamburger SV.
“I feel good here and everything fits. “
Vagnoman has been regularly training with the first team this past season and actually Hamburger SV’s relegation could help accelerate his development, as he will surely now get opportunities next season in the German second tier.
Whilst of course everybody wants to see Rafa himself sign a new deal and quality senior players come in, good to hear signs that the Newcastle boss is also potentially planning long-term and trying to bring in young quality players when they are affordable.