The transfer rumor mill is ramping back into full speed with the summer transfer window around the corner. Expect to hear many stories linking Bobby Wood to clubs all around the world. It’s already started early in 2017 with supposed Premier League interest. While Hamburg are actively seeking to extend the U.S. international’s contract at the club, they’ll have to fight off several other teams to keep him including a new entrant into the sweepstakes.
According to Bild, the 24-year-old is among the wishlist of strikers that Borussia Dortmund has assembled to find a back-up for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Wood’s current contract reportedly has a €12 Million release clause in it than any team can trigger. Eurosport report that Wood could be available for less than half that figure if Hamburg are relegated this season.
You should always take rumors linking Dortmund to Americans with a grain of salt. Rumors have linked the Bundesliga club to such young Yanks as Emerson Hyndman and Gedion Zelalem ever since Christian Pulisic joined them. While it makes sense that they’d be interested in Wood thanks to his great goal-scoring record this season, it doesn’t make too much sense for him to want a back-up role. Dortmund have had strikers like Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile in the past that haven’t gotten much playing time behind Aubameyang.
There will likely be plenty of more rumors with Bobby Wood’s name attached to them heading into the summer. While pretty much everyone in America is smitten with Dortmund and their player development, this particular move might not make too much sense.