Bobby Wood continues to be linked with a series of clubs, but Hamburg has taken the first step towards locking down the forward’s future.
Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt revealed that the club has opened talks with Wood over a long-term contract extension. Talks have been rumored for some weeks as teams have reportedly eyed a release clause in his current deal. As things stand, Wood’s deal reportedly runs through 2020 with a release clause set for €12 million.
“We are in talks with Bobby,” Todt said. “We are interested in keeping him for a longer time, and adjusting his contract accordingly.”
Todt went on to say the club is looking to sign Wood for “as long as possible” as he remains vital to the team’s future plans. However, Wood has reportedly been recognized as a target of several Premier League clubs and could be tempted with a move away from the club should disaster strike. Hamburg is currently one point clear of a place in the relegation playoff ahead of this weekend’s match against Darmstadt.
Wood has scored nine goals in all competitions for Hamburg this year and remains the club’s leading goalscorer.
Hamburg’s last 5 games are against the 5 worst teams in the Bundesliga. The crazy thing is that they could finish in the top half… or get relegated. If they survive I think he’d be smart to stay for another year. They’ve been pretty good since the winter break. Get yourself a good raise now Bobby and then cash in on a huge move after the World Cup!
Yep, they have a teeny, tiny chance at getting the last Euro place, thanks to their easy schedule, but they really needed to get a result at Werder over the weekend.
Stay in Germany, son. Everyone there knows and respects your game. England is overrated, and you’d encounter the same anti-American bias all of the previous Yanks Abroad have encountered
If you’re going to be making 3-4 times what you’re currently making, who cares?
I read about 2 months ago in a German report that he was on about 1.1 – 1.5 million Euros a year which was low for their forward pool. he was 3rd among their forwards from what I remember. At even Leicester, he could get 4 million a year forget Liverpool which would be higher.
What are the chances that Wood could make the starting XI at Liverpool, or even Leicester? If Hamburg stays up, I think he should stay there, but maybe for only a couple of years so that if he develops into a real star he can move to a bigger club while he is still in his prime.
Just because clubs send scouts doesn’t mean they have real interest. With both of the clubs you mentioned, you would think Bobby would be a replacement for a player who transfers out. For example Leicester realizes they are just a mid to low table club, and send Vardy on while he still has value. At Liverpool Couthino is rumored to be making a move to a bigger club, and who knows if Mane’s knee will be healed by the start of next season, Origi has shown flashes, but has been linked with Juventus so all three of their forwards may be gone by August.
Wood was back on the pitch for training with the full squad today, and is expected to be available for their match this weekend which is much more important than his contract negotiations.
This is good for Bobby as we’ve seen from rumors about guys like Green, Williams, Pulisic, and Hyndman rumors don’t always materialize into offers. Seems like a fall back for Bobby and a leverage point for potential suitors for Hamburg.
With offers from Leicester and Liverpool Hamburg is wasting their time with these negotiations. No player in his right mind would pass on offers from two of the best teams in the premiership to fight relegation in the Bundesliga.
Eaasy little guy, don’t want you to spit up your applesauce.
To be fair, Bobby hasn’t made very much money so far. Given how his career was declared over due to injury a few years ago, he may think this is his one and only chance to financially set his family up for life. And, an EPL team is going to pay a lot more than a mid-table Bundesliga team. Not a little more, but a lot more, so it’s something to think about. For someone like CP, I think a move is off-the-table, but for Bobby, it’s possible. Leicester is not a bad situation, given their style of play. Playing for Klopp would be interesting, but the environment is pretty toxic for Americans.
This year Leicester flirted with relegation. Only since the firing, have they played well. Woods would seem to be a better fit for the Foxes than with Liverpool because of their style of play. If Woods can handle the physical play in the Bundesliga, than he should be prepared for the EPL.