Baumgart plays down Pohjanpalo links


By Rune Gjerulff

Steffen Baumgart has insisted that FC Köln are not in talks to sign Joel Pohjanpalo from Bayer Leverkusen.

Steffen Baumgart.

FC Köln coach Steffen Baumgart has poured cold water on a report claiming that ‘The Billy Goats’ are set to sign Joel Pohjanpalo from Bayer Leverkusen.

Pohjanpalo has been touted as a replacement for Anthony Modeste, who has joined Borussia Dortmund, but Baumgart insists there are no talks with the 27-year-old.

“No striker has signed yet, and just a hint: No striker will sign before I have talked to him. No one has spoken behind the scenes either,” Baumgart told reporters.

In fact, it’s possible that Köln will not bring in a new forward, with Baumgart stating that he’s happy with his current attacking options.

“If someone is brought in, then I don’t ask myself whether I’m getting a better player, but whether I’m blocking the way for one of my young players. When I see the guys working and running, that’s exactly our philosophy,” noted the Köln boss.

More about Joel Pohjanpalo

Report: Köln focus on Pohjanpalo as favored Modeste replacement
Leverkusen updates: AEK emerge as suitors for Pohjanpalo, Iker Bravo loan could take time
Leverkusen confirm clubs are “intensively looking” at Pohjanpalo
Report: Tigges to Köln talks in “advanced stage”
Kicker Report: Leverkusen prepare to cut Azhil loose and shop Pohjanpalo
Confirmed: Caykur Rizespor take Pohjanpalo on loan

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