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Hoeneß confirms interest in Gomez

Uli Hoeneß has for the first time publicly confirmed Bayern’s interest in VfB Stuttgart nd Germany striker Mario Gomez. “He’s a very interesting player. We’ll see what we can do to sign him,” the Bayern general manager declared on DSF sport TV’s Sunday morning magazine show Doppelpass. Hoeneß said the club would open talks with the 23-year-old this week, “and we’ll see what comes of it. I’m relatively optimistic,” the 57-year-old stated.

Germany’s most successful club first attempted to sign Gomez last summer, but Stuttgart were unwilling to release their leading striker at the time. “And we’ll be trying to hold onto him again,” VfB general manager Horst Heldt said.

Gomez himself provided ample evidence of his quality with a superbly-taken goal in his side’s 2-1 away defeat in Munich, his 24th league strike of the campaign. “I’d definitely buy Mario Gomez. A player like that would suit Bayern well,” FCB supervisory board chairman Franz Beckenbauer said on Premiere TV.