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U.S.'s Bruce Arena to visit Hamburg over Bobby Wood's future - report

United States coach Bruce Arena is set to visit Hamburg next week to discuss Bobby Wood's future at the club, according to kicker, amid reports linking the U.S. forward with a switch away from the Volksparkstadion.

Having only joined Hamburg last summer, the 24-year-old Wood has been the subject of increasing rumours in recent weeks after he switched agents and a €12 million release clause was made public.

Hamburg have previously said they are in contract negotiations with Wood, and speaking to kicker, the club's sporting director Jens Todt confirmed the talks and said: "Bobby is a key player for us when he's in top form, we need him."

The German football magazine added that Todt next week will welcome U.S. coach Arena at the club to also talk about the forward's future.

Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring against Schalke.
Bobby Wood has been linked to a move away from Hamburg in recent weeks.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Hamburg's crucial match at Augsburg on Saturday, coach Markus Gisdol explained to a group of school kids in attendence: "He does not want to leave, the others want to buy him."

Gisdol added: "It's about a lot of money. We have a good chance that he will continue to play for us. But I also understand that the lads think about their future when they are courted by other clubs."

German newspaper Bild previously linked Wood to Premier League clubs Leicester and West Ham, then last week reported that Borussia Dortmund were interested in the Hawaii native.

Wood has scored five Bundesliga goals in 24 appearances this season, adding four more in as many games in the DFB Pokal, though he came into criticism after his performance last week in a loss to Darmstadt.

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.


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