Berlin (AFP) – Dutch striker Bas Dost said Saturday he hopes to transfer from VfL Wolfsburg to Sporting Lisbon imminently, with his Wolves place under threat following the arrival of Germany’s Mario Gomez.
The transfer window closed at midnight on Wednesday (2200 GMT), but Dost hopes to be plying his trade in the Portuguese league soon, with the deal set to cost up to ten million euros ($11m).
“I am assuming that it will come off,” said Dost after helping set up the opening goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Augsburg with Gomez still sidelined and recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up at the European championships.
Wolfsburg’s recent signing of Gomez, the Bundesliga’s top scorer over the last decade with 132 goals in 197 appearances for either Stuttgart or Bayern Munich since the 2006/07 season, has left Dost looking for another club.
Gomez scored 26 goals last season on loan from Fiorentina at Besiktas, to finish as the Turkish league’s top-scorer, and netted twice for Germany at Euro 2016.
“Of course, it (Gomez’s arrival) has played a role, he will be the first choice striker,” admitted Dost, who has scored 36 goals in 85 games in Germany’s top flight since joining Wolfsburg in 2012.
Dost’s best season in Germany was in 2014/15 when he scored 16 goals in 21 league games to help Wolfsburg finish second only to Bayern in the Bundesliga and they won the German Cup.
Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs said talks with Sporting are ongoing, “they could come to something, but we will make a decision in peace in the next few days.”