Leverkusen keen on Andres Guardado
Bayer Leverkusen are closing in on Valencia left-back Andres Guardado, with the player set to join the Bundesliga side this week according to the German media.
Leverkusen lead the “best of the rest” in the Bundesliga as they sit second, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Sami Hyypia's side, however, have lost three straight league games, and want to reinforce their squad in the final days of the transfer window.
Hyppia has identified the left-back position as one of the team's weak links, and the club have now set their sights on Guardado, as first reported by ESPN Mexico on Monday.
“[Guardado] is an interesting man -- every coach wants to have good players,” Hyypia told Bild on Tuesday. Rudi Voeller, the club’s sporting director, said: “We've known this player for a long time. That's, right now, all I have to say.”
According to Bild, Leverkusen are currently negotiating a deal with Valencia over Guardado, who has a contract at the Mestalla until 2016. The Spanish club want five million euros for the Mexico international, while the German side are also considering signing the left-back on loan with an option to buy inserted into the contract, the paper reports.
The 27-year old Mexico international has 99 caps for his country, and can also play in left midfield, which will be a benefit to Leverkusen given the loss of Australia international Robbie Kruse to an ACL tear earlier this month.