With their primary striker likely on his way to China, FC Cologne may have an American replacement in mind.
With French forward Anthony Modeste set to depart the Bundesliga club en route to Tianjin Quanjian in China, FC Cologne are reportedly targeting American and Hamburg striker Bobby Wood as their primary replacement candidate, reports Express. Wood reportedly has a €12 million release clause in his contract, which Cologne are willing to activate, leaving it up to Bobby Wood as to whether he departs Hamburg after one season.
Though his numbers went down from his 32 appearance, 17 goal campaign in the 2. Bundesliga with Union Berlin, Wood played well in his debut season with Hamburg, notching nine goals through 32 appearances. His performance has drawn interest from several Bundesliga clubs, as well as a few outside of Germany, but Cologne may be determined to lure him to their team.
A transfer would not only net Wood a new contract, one that probably pays a bit more, but would also allow him to compete in European competition as Cologne qualified for the Europa League this year. The move would represent another step forward in what has been a meteoric rise for Wood.