WOOD, HAMBURG IN CONTRACT TALKS
US forward Bobby Wood is a hot commodity and Hamburg SV wants to keep him for the long-term as the team confirmed on Wednesday that they are in talks with the player.
The 24-year-old is close to wrapping up his first season with the Bundesliga team after signing with them from Union Berlin last summer on a four-year contract. However, there has been reported interest in Wood from English Premier League teams such as West Ham United and Leicester City.
And it appears both teams would have a chance of signing the Hawaii native as he apparently has a 12-million euro release clause attached to his contract with Hamburg.
With interest appearing to swirl around Wood, Hamburg is now making efforts to extend his contract as they see him as one of the key players they want to build around for the future.
"We are in talks with Bobby," said Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt in an interview with Sport Bild. "We are interested in keeping him for a longer time, and adjusting his contract accordingly."
However, Hamburg may have a challenge on their hands to keep Wood as the team is currently in a fight to maintain their status in the Bundesliga. Despite pulling themselves out of the relegation zone, they remain one point above their challengers.
Wood has so far scored nine goals in all competitions for Hamburg this season.