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Bobby Wood drawing Premier League interest, but Hamburg aren't selling

The club praised Wood while downplaying rumors

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While American strikers like Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride have had success in the Premier League, Bobby Wood has followed the path of Conor Casey in the Bundesliga. After spending the 2015-2016 season in 2. Bundesliga breaking Casey’s record for goal scoring by an American in Germany, Wood has enjoyed success with Hamburg SV since joining the club last May.

ESPNFC is reporting that the club would like to keep Wood despite rumors that Premier League clubs would like to bring him in. In response to the transfer talk, Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt praised the Hawaiian telling German outlet Bild, “He's in top shape. He works a lot out there, wins a lot of balls and direct duels." Todt went continued saying, "He's also dangerous in front of the goal. Bobby does a really good job."

Though a transfer offer is not on the table, Todt said that Hamburg would do what is in its best financial interest commenting that, “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.”

Despite the economic reality that the club faces, Todt says Hamburg would like to hold onto Wood. "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.”