Hamburg 'want to keep' Bobby Wood amid reported Premier League interest
Hamburg say they want to keep Bobby Wood amid reported interest from clubs in the Premier League but admit they would cash in at the right price.
Having spent the formative years of his career in Germany's second tier, Wood is currently playing his breakthrough season in the Bundesliga at Hamburg, the club he joined from Union Berlin last summer.
The 24-year-old United States attacker has so far scored eight goals in 22 appearances for Hamburg, and has added a new spirit to the club's attack.
"He's in top shape. He works a lot out there, wins a lot of balls and direct duels," Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt told Sport Bild. "He's also dangerous in front of the goal. Bobby does a really good job."
His work ethic has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, according to Sport Bild. However, Todt said that "there is no direct contract with English clubs and there are no enquiries" at the moment, and that Hamburg do not want to cash in on the attacker this summer.
"We only read about it in the papers. We will not get nervous when other clubs are interested in our players. We like the fact that our players are also interesting for other teams," he said, adding that a big offer for Wood could change the scenario.
Todt said: "Given our current financial situation, we'd have to consider an offer for a strong player. That's normal and it applies for every Bundesliga club but Bayern. You shouldn't be naive.
"Everyone loses players to a financially stronger club every once in a while. And it could happen to us. But we definitely want to keep Bobby."
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.