Those responsible at Bayern Munich remain in contact with Fulham star Joao Palhinha about a move in January, despite now refusing to discuss the topic.

That’s according to SportBILD, who say Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel spoke to Palhinha after his move from Fulham collapsed on deadline day of the summer transfer window.

The newspaper explains that everything had been done for Palhinha to make the move to Bavaria, including the medical, but Fulham refused to send the paperwork after failing to secure a replacement.

He ended up staying at Craven Cottage and even signing a new deal, but Bayern remain keen on him and ‘the responsible persons’ are ‘still in contact’ with the 28-year-old.

They’re aware that Palhinha is keen on the move too, he even had tears in his eyes when the deal collapsed and he had to head back to England, and an agreement was reached for Bayern to ‘approach the deal again’ in the January window.

The German champions hope that they can even get Palhinha for a lower sum than the €65m they agreed with Fulham this summer.

Thomas Tuchel spoke to the midfielder on the phone after the deal broke down, presumably to confirm his and Bayern’s stance on matters, but the player is unsure whether anything will come of it and the German coach is looking at alternatives.

That is, presumably, why Bayern are refusing to talk about the subject any further, with a report earlier this week detailing their new stance on talking about the player and the failed move.