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The absence of the talented Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund's preseason tour has raised speculation that the versatile 22 year old is on his way out of the Bundesliga and on his way to England. Although the club chairman is quoted as saying that Ginter would be staying at the club for next season, it is widely rumoured that West Ham have tabled a £10 million offer.
Long courted by Arsene Wenger, Ginter has established himself as one of the bnest rising talents in German football and will surely be seeking plenty of first team football wherever he plays next season. That is something that Arsenal cannot in any way guarantee, while Slaven Bilic's Hammers have a large space in that position after the twin departures of James Tomkins and Joey O'Brien.
Ginter can also play at centre back or midfield, but the majority of his experience with Dortmund and the German national side has been as a right back. Blessed with good positional sense, Ginter has a remarkable disciplinary record along with a capacity to get forward and contribute to attack.
Sam Byram would undoubtedly relish the competition.