Bård Finne and Kazuki Nagasawa are both likely to leave 1. FC Köln on loan when the winter transfer window opens in a few weeks, according to a report published today by Kicker.
The report quotes Jörg Schmadtke as having said, “We are in discussions with both, but it is not yet finalized.” Reporter Stefan von Nocks adds that Schmadtke would not affirm that any move of either player would be restricted to a loan situation.
Finne, still just 20-years-old, arrived from SK Brann of Norway’s Tippeligaen nearly two years ago, while the effzeh was still in the second division, though looking well-positioned to gain promotion. The acquisition of the U-21 national player appeared targeted at building squad depth by adding young talent with high upside. Though he had some minor successes in his half-season in 2. Bundesliga, Finne has been unable to get onto the pitch much since, logging just 16 minutes with the professional side in the DFB Cup second-round exit at Werder Bremen.
The young attacker earned the respect of his coach and fans over the summer by insisting he wanted to stay at the club and fight for playing time, rather than request a loan or transfer elsewhere in search of an increased squad role. That he’s continued to be an afterthought while the Köln offense has struggled to create chances and goals likely has forced Finne to reconsider his stance on what’s best for his career.
Nagasawa, too, arrived in the January 2014 transfer period. The 23-year-old, unlike Finne, has seen some playing time during the current Bundesliga campaign, but since being substituted off at the half of his season debut against Hoffenheim, he’s not returned to the field for the effzeh. Nagasawa also played a full 90 minutes in the Pokal loss at Bremen.
Both men played a role in one of the highlights of the the 2014-15 season. Trailing in the 82nd minute of the Rückrunde visit from neighboring Bayer Leverkusen, Nagasawa entered the match, replacing Matthias Lehmann to support more attacking play. Less than a minute later, Marcel Risse sent a ball into the area that was headed by Anthony Ujah to an unmarked Finne, who snagging himself a permanent place in effzeh lore by simply beating Bernd Leno from close range.
Finne’s current deal with 1. FC Köln is set to expire in the summer of 2017. Nagasawa is currently inked through the 2017-18 season.
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