Reports: Wolfsburg close to McClaren deal

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Wolfsburg are close to bringing in Steve McClaren as their new coach, according to reports in Germany.

The current FC Twente coach, who led the Dutch side to their first ever league title last week, is the number one target to become the 2009 Bundesliga champions' new coach, and the local Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) newspaper reports that a deal is agreed and awaiting only his signature.

The former England coach was spotted in Wolfsburg last Thursday and Friday meeting with club officials, but left without committing himself to a contract.

"I don't want to say anything yet because that would not be good for the situation," he told the WAZ on Saturday.

"I will say in the next few days what I will do next season."

McClaren spent the weekend in England, where he was believed to be mulling over Wolfsburg's offer before announcing his decision this week.

"If it were up to us, then things would be tied up very quickly," commented Wolfsburg's managing director Dieter Hoeness after his side's final Bundesliga game of the season on Saturday.

He had wanted to make an announcement over who would take charge next season immediately after the win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.