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Aron Johannsson officially talking to Werder Bremen about transfer

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Aron Johannsson is in negotiations with Werder Bremen over a transfer to the Bundesliga club, AZ Alkmaar has confirmed. Now the United States striker is moving even closer to a move.

Werder Bremen have yet to agree with AZ on a transfer fee for Johannsson, but that AZ are letting him talk to Bremen indicates that the two sides are close. Reports have pegged his transfer fee at anywhere from €4 million to €5 million, with less than €1 million separating the two clubs.

Werder Bremen are pretty desperate for strikers. They're thin up front and don't have a reliable first option because Franco Di Santo left for Schalke. They don't just need numbers, they need someone to establish themselves as a go-to forward.

It would be interesting to see how Johannsson would do in the Bundesliga and at a solid midtable club like Bremen. Johannsson has bagged goals in the Eredivisie, but Bremen would be a huge step up for a player who has struggled at times internationally, leaving his performance in the goal-friendly Dutch league as his lone reason for optimism. That doesn't mean he can't do it, because the 24-year-old has shown flashes of being capable at the highest level, but it would be interesting to see how he does going two or three steps up.

In the meantime, we wait. Johannsson and Bremen are talking. If that goes well, AZ and Bremen will probably work out a deal quickly. Then, if that all gets done, we can start speculating he he'll do.