Werder Bremen ‘would very much like’ to sign Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Groß this month, but a deal ‘will not happen’.

That’s according to Deichstube, who say the midfielder is ‘flirting’ with a return to Germany but not before his deal with Brighton ends in the summer.

The website explains that the German club held talks with Groß’s advisors last week and ‘expressed their interest’ in the 30-year-old.

They also ‘explored the possibilities’ of a transfer in the January window, but Groß has ruled this out as he doesn’t want to end his spell in England ‘prematurely’.

Things will be different in the summer when his contract with Brighton expires, and he will be free to join whomever he likes. There are enough interested parties in the midfielder, and Werder Bremen is ‘definitely one of them’.

They are ‘attractive’ to the Brighton man but a move from the Premier League to the German 2nd division, at a ‘lower financial salary’ to boot, is ‘currently out of the question’ for Groß.

He feels he is still too important for Brighton, despite the fact he has found himself out of the first-team picture under Graham Potter this season.

He’s found himself on the bench more often than not, with competition for places and a bout with COVID in December proving difficult for him to get around.

He wants to finish his contract on the south coast first, regardless, and then look at his options in the summer.

Werder Bremen will be one of them, and despite being rejected this month, they are ‘still looking’ at him.

In fact, Deichstube state that while a transfer would not be easy, Groß is ‘high on Werder’s list’ of targets and will remain so. Whether they can get him remains to be seen.