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Wolfsburg Should Target Adrian Ramos in the Summer Transfer Window

Adrian Ramos would be a perfect fit for Wolfsburg
Adrian Ramos would be a perfect fit for WolfsburgMichael Sohn/Associated Press
Robbie DunneContributor IIIMarch 23, 2014

With VfL Wolfsburg's director of sport, Klaus Allofs, hinting that Champions League football is its main goal next year, it seems the German club will have funds to strengthen its squad in key areas this summer.

The Wolves have made strides towards competing in Europe this season but now lie sixth in the Bundesliga. With only eight gameweeks remaining in the season, it appears unlikely that they will mount a late challenge for Champions League football. 

One of the areas they need to upgrade is at the striker position.

Their top goalscorer this season, Ivica Olic, has been linked with a move to England. According to Jure Bohoric of Sky Sports, Stoke City is believed to be interested in the Croatian's services

Bas Dost has been impressive at times this season but has never really nailed down the centre-forward position. His spells of good play have been mixed with inconsistency. He has appeared 13 times, scoring four goals in those appearances.

One of the players who has been on many of the bigger clubs' radars has been Adrian Ramos of Hertha BSC. The rangy Colombian has scored 15 goals so far this season.

What Ramos can offer Wolfsburg is a target up front with the ability to hold the ball and run the sidelines with pace and power, opening channels for the other attacking players to operate in. Ramos is tall enough at 6'1" to take advantage of any crosses swung in by the ever-improving Max Arnold, Ivan Perisic, Daniel Caligiuri and Kevin de Bruyne, but he is far from just a target man. 

The dynamic of this attack could be automatically changed with Ramos in its ranks. He possesses the ability to drift out wide, left or right, if De Bruyne or any of the other attacking midfielders found themselves in the position of striker, meaning the fluidity with which Borussia Dortmund play could be replicated in an effort to combat their versatility.

With the emergence of Robin Knoche in defense, and the signings of Luiz Gustavo and Kevin de Bruyne in midfield, the common consensus is that Wolfsburg are not far away from seriously competing with the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for honors in Germany's top flight.

Adrian Ramos would be an immediate upgrade. Relatively unknown to the world, he might come at a price that would allow Wolfsburg to invest elsewhere after securing his signature.

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