Sturm Graz eye Real Madrid ace

Austrian Bundesliga club Sturm Graz have set their sights on an up-and-coming Real Madrid player, the Austrian press has claimed.Sports newspapers report today (Fri) that the club’s executive manager Oliver Kreuzer flew to Spain to check out the skills of centre-back Gary Kagelmacher.The 21-year-old Uruguayan with German roots – whose contract expires this summer – had two appearances in the top side’s senior squad so far this season.Sturm are in need of fresh talent for their back four as Marion Sonnleitner, 24, announced earlier this year he had no plans to stay with the club any longer. The former Under-21s player had been linked to vice champions Rapid Vienna.But Sonnleitner said: “My focus is on international leagues. I’m looking for a new challenge abroad.”Sturm Graz midfielder Jakob Jantscher and his teammate Daniel Beichler are meanwhile linked to German and Italian clubs. Scouts from several top sides attended the team’s most recent matches to cast an eye on them.Fourth-placed Sturm beat bottom lights Austria Kärnten in spectacular manner on Wednesday. The team of Franco Foda scored three goals in the final 30 minutes after being down 0-2. Midfielder Jürgen Salmutter, who came on in the 63rd minute, sealed the victory with his goal in the fourth minute of extra time.Red Bull Salzburg meanwhile march on in their attempt to defend the title. The team coached by former Schalke 04 manager Huub Stevens celebrated a comfortable 2-0 win over SV Ried.Second-placed Rapid Vienna only have theoretical chances to win their 33rd title as the gap between the team of Peter Pacult and the leaders widened to eight points after rapid’s goalless draw against LASK Linz on Tuesday.Magna Wiener Neustadt defeated Mattersburg 2-1, while some observers described what went on in Kapfenberg on Wednesday as a “fairytale”.Michael Gregoritsch, the 15-year-old son of Kapfenberg manager Werner Gregoritsch, scored two minutes after coming on. He is now the youngest player in the league’s history to find the net. Former Kapfenberg star Michael Liendl however spoiled the moment with his extra time strike to make it 1-1.Bundesliga match action continues with four matches tomorrow before LASK Linz clash with Red Bull on Sunday.The Bundesliga table after 30 rounds:Red Bull Salzburg, 68 pointsRapid Vienna, 60Austria Vienna, 57Sturm Graz, 51Magna Wiener Neustadt, 40Mattersburg, 36SV Ried, 32LASK Linz, 32Kapfenberg, 26Austria Kärnten, 11