Wagner refutes Bayern rumours

SV Darmstadt 98 striker Sandro Wagner has denied claims he is in talks with FC Bayern München, saying he would never move for financial reasons just to warm the bench.

Wagner is a graduate of the Bavarians' youth academy, but moved to Duisburg in 2010 after only managing to make four appearances for the first team.

The 28-year-old joined Darmstadt at the start of the 2015/16 season and returned an impressive haul of 15 goals in 29 games in all competitions, leading to reports he was being courted by Bayern to provide cover for Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.

The forward has vehemently denied these claims, stating he would not make a decision purely for financial reasons, especially if it meant he would join a club where he would not be considered first choice.

"I have read the reports [that Bayern want to sign me]," Wagner told Bild. "But I have not heard anything from Bayern for now.

"And I will not go anywhere where I will be making good money, but will only be a benchwarmer. I do no longer want to be anyone's back-up."

However, that does not mean Wagner, whose contract expires at the end of next season, will not be on the move, and he revealed there was significant interest in him from the Premier League.

"I know that I have some very good options where I only have to say I am interested. I will either move to England or stay in the Bundesliga."