Hoffenheim have extended Sandro Wagner’s contract by a further year until June 2020, report Bild. The German newspaper say one of the reasons for Hoffenheim getting to work and securing Sandro for longer, is interest from clubs including Southampton.

Taking their interest further than just the initial stage, Bild say Southampton have made a €16m offer for Wagner. That offer, considered big by the German newspaper, prompted Hoffenheim into action.

Southampton have therefore missed out, but they’re not the only Premier League club to have been linked with Sandro over the past few months, and one may be suspicious some of the claims have been to help the striker get his new contract, and then to make Hoffenheim look good for fighting off the interest.

Mostly linked with West Ham as far as English clubs are concerned, Southampton haven’t been said to be one of the strongest contenders for Wagner. Therefore, fans of the south coast club may choose to doubt that a €16m offer was ever made, and instead believe it’s being used to hype up the player’s renewal.