LASK eye Kaufmann as Saurer linked to Rapid

LASK Linz have appealed to Rapid Vienna to show their cards in the potential transfer of Christoph Saurer.LASK coach Helmut Kraft said today (Mon) Rapid bosses should announce whether they were interested in signing the midfielder as speculations that Rapid manager Peter Pacult wanted the 24-year-old in his team continue.Kraft revealed Austria Kärnten star Leonard Kaufmann was an option to replace Saurer if he decides to leave.News that Saurer may join Rapid – who finished the season in third – could create opposition by die-hard Rapid fans since the former Under-21s national team playmaker was with Rapid’s archrivals Austria Vienna before joining LASK.LASK, who came seventh last season, reportedly plan to use to the option to keep midfielder Thomas Prager whose contract would have expired this summer.Austria Vienna striker Rubin Okotie joins 1. FC Nürnberg (Nuremberg), while Marko Stanković joins the Austrian vice champions from Italian Serie B club Triestina.Kapfenberg agreed with Slovenian national team defender Matej Mavrič over a three-year contract.Branko Boskovic is expected to leave Rapid for a team in the United States despite his fear of flying, while his teammate Veli Kavlak hinted he hoped to join a club in a European league better than the Austrian during the summer transfer window.