Hamburg are facing a fight to retain the services of key frontman Bobby Wood with up to eight Premier League clubs monitoring his situation.
German news publication Sport Bild (via 90min's German website) has reported that the striker has been watched by an astonishing octuplet of English top flight sides including Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton, West Ham United and reigning champions Leicester City.
Scouts from each side were present at Hamburg's recent 2-1 home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, and the competition to sign Wood will be intense given the reported release clause fee in his contract at the Volskparkstadion.
Wood only joined on a four-year contract at the beginning of the season - a deal that would take him up to June 2020 before becoming a bosman free transfer - but the inclusion of a £10m release clause fee in his contract will no doubt have piqued the interest of clubs in England, and a battle for his signature is likely to ensue if all reported clubs are ready to lure him away from Hamburg.
Hamburg's sporting director Jens Todt told Bild on March 15, however, that his side had not yet received a concrete offer from England's chasing pack, and hinted that the 24-year-old may stick around for the length of his deal due to his happiness at the club.
He said: "There are currently no enquiries or offers for him.
Linked with Bobby Wood of Hamburg. Nope, no idea personally. pic.twitter.com/PDuJWXdfQW— TeamSam-BadgeGate (@gaznandi) March 22, 2017
"His move to Hamburg was good for us, but it was also the perfect step for Bobby. I can imagine that he appreciates how things are going for him right now."
The United States international has notched nine goals in 24 games so far this term, and has started seven of the last nine league matches for the struggling Bundesliga side as they bid to fight against the drop. Wood's natural pace and eye for goal would be a welcome addition for any of the Premier League outfits interested in his services, but his signing would prove to be somewhat of a gamble given the Premier League's tendency to be fast paced and thunderous in nature.
Wood joined Hamburg from second tier side Union Berlin last July for a fee of around £3m, and has bagged seven goals in 25 appearances for the USA men's national team.
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