Klopp thwarted in transfer efforts - Bundesliga

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Bundesliga title-chasers Borussia Dortmund tried to sign Isco and Thiago Alcantara this summer.

Klopp had put the Spain pair top of his close-season wish-list but was left empty-handed when Isco joined Real Madrid from Malaga and Thiago moved to BVB's domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

Klopp revealed the Bundesliga club had made personal checks on the two targets but suggested his Westfalenstadion paymasters could not compete financially.

"We also thought about signing Isco. We are not stupid. We had a look at Thiago Alcantara as well. We saw all of them," Klopp told Kicker.

"It was pretty clear that we would not stand a chance in the race for Isco's signature, though.

"I have a number of attackers in my mind, but I don't know whether we can realistically sign any of them."

The Dortmund coach added he has not given up on his hopes of signing FC Porto's Colombian forward Jackson Martinez. The 26-year-old scored 26 goals last season and has been tracked by a number of Europe's top clubs.

He added: "Jackson has a lot of qualities that make him an interesting striker. He holds up the ball very well, scores a lot of goals and is always available to receive the ball."

BVB are available to back at 6.50 in the Bundesliga outright betting and are also quoted 23.00 to win the Champions League next season.

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