Report: Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann rebuffs claims Ludwig Augustinsson will join Fulham

Ludwig Augustinsson of Sweden in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Sweden and Korea Republic at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Nizhniy...

Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann has ruled out a move to Fulham for defender Ludwig Augustinsson.

Hwang Hee-chan of Korea Republic and Ludwig Augustinsson of Sweden battle for possession during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Sweden and Korea Republic at Nizhniy...

Fulham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Werder Bremen defender Ludwig Augustinsson, with the German club's sporting director dismissing claims the player will pitch up at Craven Cottage ahead of next season.

The Mirror reported a few days ago that the London side had been linked with a move for the 24-year-old, who is currently in Russia representing Sweden at the World Cup, but Frank Baumann has told Kicker that he is going nowhere.

Baumann said: "Ludwig and the club have made it clear that nothing has changed and nothing will change."

Bremen's sports director Frank Baumann is pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match between Werder Bremen and TSG Hoffenheim on May 13, 2017 in Bremen, northern...

Augustinsson made 29 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and 33 in all competitions. He started Sweden's first game at the World Cup against South Korea on Monday, and despite Baumann's comments, the Cottagers will be keeping a close eye on him for the next game against Germany.

The left-back has impressed since joining Bremen in 2017 from Copenhagen, and could be ready to make the step up to the Premier League with a move to Fulham.

Matt Target looks unlikely to join the club following his loan spell last season from Southampton, meaning Fulham have been eyeing up alternatives.

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