Determined that next season won’t be a one-season stay in the Premier League, Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner, returned to his native Germany to enquire about the availability of Nurnberg midfielder, Abdelhamid Sabiri, 20.
Moroccan-born but with dual nationality, Sabiri has progressed through the junior ranks of German football since being a youth player at Koblenz. Last season, he scored 5 goals in 2.Bundesliga with Nurnberg II and this year was promoted to the first-team squad.
Huddersfield’s interest could see Sabiri move to the Premier League before appearing in the top flight of German football, according to a Daily Mail report. Nurnberg dropped the midfielder from the matchday squad for the recent friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach, claiming his head was turned by the interest from the Premier League.
Nurnberg’s sporting director Andreas Bornemann made it clear that he has not intention of losing the talented midfielder without a fight. “It is true that we have received an enquiry from Huddersfield Town. However, we have made it clear we do not want to lose Sabiri.”
The Terriers are strengthening their squad judiciously, signing players of Premier League quality but not so extravagantly that they will be in a precarious financial position should the season end with relegation.
Wagner knows the 2.Bundesliga very well from his time as coach of Borussia Dortmund II. Picking up a bargain from that division may stand the German in good stead come the end of next season.