Aston Villa and Hull City to do battle for German star Kevin Vogt


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The Independent Football

Aston Villa and Hull City will compete this summer to sign Kevin Vogt, the highly-rated Germany Under-21 midfielder from Augsburg.

With Premier League safety now assured for both sides, they are looking to their summer recruitment and have identified 22-year-old Vogt as one of their main targets.

Vogt, thought of as one of the most promising young midfielders in Germany, has been an important part of the Augsburg side who are set for the best season in their history. They are currently eighth in the Bundesliga, in their third season in the top flight, just one point away from a Europa League place, with three games left.

Augsburg have become one of the league’s most exciting counter-attacking sides under young coach Markus Weinzierl, and Vogt has been a key part of their progress. The 6ft 5in holding midfielder has impressed with his workrate, and his defensive and creative abilities. He has made 27 appearances in the Bundesliga this season.

Vogt began his career as a centre-back in the Bochum academy, alongside İlkay Gündogan, now at Borussia Dortmund, and  Matthias Ostrzolek, a left-back who is now also at Augsburg. Vogt broke into the Bochum first team as a teenager before joining Augsburg in summer 2012. He has represented Germany at Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

Villa and Hull might see more quality in midfield as a priority this summer, with Hull also hoping to secure Jake Livermore on a permanent deal from Tottenham.