German international Miroslav Klose is reported to have turned down an offer from Fulham to sign for Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen.
Fulham are in the market for a new striker having lost Louis Saha to Manchester United and Klose was thought to be among their list of targets.
It is believed Fulham made a late move to snatch Klose from the clutches of Bremen only for Germany’s star of the 2002 World Cup to snub their overtures to stay in Die Bundesliga.
Reports emanating from Germany suggest Fulham were prepared to offer the Kaiserslautern ace a more lucrative deal than the one that was on offer from Bremen.
Klose penned a four-year deal with Bremen on Tuesday to end all speculation over his future and Germany boss Rudi Voller welcomed his decision to sign for Bremen.
“I am very happy about Miro’s decision. He’ll join one of Germany’s leading clubs and with regard to the 2006 World Cup finals, this is very good news for us,” Voller told Bremen daily Kreiszeitung Syke.
“Now he can relax again and focus fully on his duties with the national team and Kaiserslautern.”