Hamburg have edged ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal in the race to land Xherdan Shaqiri from Basel, and are set to make a bid in January according to talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old winger, who can also play in central midfield, has attracted interest from a host of European clubs and the Swiss outfit are bracing themselves for a bidding war when the transfer window reopens in January.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of Shaqiri and could renew his interest in the New Year, as he looks to further add to his White Hart Lane squad in an attempt to take the club back to the UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been credited with an interest in the player, and considered bringing him to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, during Arsenal’s uncharacteristic foray into the transfer market.
After opting for alternative options, it is unclear whether Arsenal remain keen on Shaqiri, but with Wenger expected to make further additions in January, he could provide competition for his signature.
The Switzerland international would cost around £7million, but that is unlikely to deter Arsenal, Tottenham or Hamburg, as Bundesliga boss Thorsten Fink tries to turn his club's season around with an injection of fresh blood.
Shaqiri insists he is happy in Basel, but will consider a move if the right club makes him an offer, so his club are likely to face a fight to keep hold of him in January.
Barcelona are another club reportedly keeping tabs on the situation, but it is believed that Hamburg and Tottenham are the two leading contenders for Shaqiri's signature.