Bayern Munich appear to be closing in on an agreement for Sandro Wagner after Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann confirmed his star striker was keen on the move.

Wagner has been something of a late bloomer in German football, but, at the age of 29, has finally emerged as one of the Bundesliga's most reliable front men and is set for a place in Joachim Low's World Cup team next summer.

With Jupp Heynckes looking for a reliable back-up for Robert Lewandowski in the second half of the season, Bayern Munich have been actively pursuing a January deal for the player they sold in 2008.

And despite the daunting prospect of competing with Lewandowski for a starting berth, Nagelsmann admitted Wagner was keen to return to his former club and suggested a deal could be announced soon.

The Hoffenheim manager said: 'It's right [about Wagner to Bayern], and we've known for longer than yesterday.

'We are aware of his interest [in a move]. We will make an announcement if there's something to announce. There are no grudges that he is interested, but there is sympathy.

'It's not my player, he belongs to the club. If the clubs reach an agreement, you try to compensate for things as a coach.'

Wagner has had a good season in the Bundesliga so far, scoring four goals and providing two assists in eight starts to help Hoffenheim to fifth place in the table. He has also fired a goal and provided an assist in the Europa League.