USMNT striker Bobby Wood is getting some hard looks from teams in the Premier League. With a €12 million buyout clause why not take a flyer? According to reports Wood would be able to leave Hamburg this summer. This could spur Hamburg into trying to work out a contract extension. Currently he’s one of the lowest paid players on the club, bringing in €1.5 million a year.
A Premier League payday might draw the 24 year-old Hawaiian striker away from the Bundesliga. Everton, Liverpool, Leicester City and West Ham are among several clubs that have sent scouts to take a closer look.
But, if you were to ask former USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann, he thinks Wood should stay put in Germany.
"I would advise him not to make a switch right now," the former Germany international said. "HSV [Hamburg] are already a big club with a wonderful stadium and great fans. The folks love their HSV, and now they also love Bobby.
"For him, Hamburg is not only a stopover. Even though he's on a roll now, the step into the Bundesliga, and also into a big city like Hamburg, is a major one."
He added: "He now needs to show consistency for a few years, and then you can. HSV does him good right now. He needs that feel-good atmosphere."
- Jurgen Klinsmann; ESPN FC
Hamburg find themselves in a relegation battle and could end up back in the 2. Bundesliga at the start of the next term. They are sitting in 16th place which means they would have to have a playoff to determine whether or not they stay up for 2017/2018.
The USMNT team was looking forward to having Wood as part of the attack as World Cup Qualifiers kick back up on Friday. Unfortunately the injury bug made it’s way to Germany. The 24 year old attacker was brought off against Borussia Mönchengladbach with a back injury and will not be available for either World Cup Qualifier.