Hamburg striker Son Heung-Min was a reported target of Premier League clubs Tottenham and Liverpool, but could end up moving to Bayer Leverkusen.
Both English clubs are looking to bolster their attacks, and the South Korea international was considered a worthy option.
Son, 20, was about to enter his last year of contract with Hamburg. An attractive offer could have persuaded the club to do business, and in return the Premier League club could have got a gem of a striker.
Also, the deal could have expanded the club's fan-base in South Korea by landing their leading marksmen.
The Hamburg hierarchy consider him to be a vital cog in their team. He kept performing even when the more illustrious Rafael van der Vaart found it tough to get going.
With just a year left on his contract, the Bundesliga outfit was left with no choice but to make money.
Bayer Leverkusen were looking for replacements for their exit-bound attacker Andre Schurrle. They seized the opportunity to land the promising attacker, Son, in a reduced deal due to his contract situation.
Hamburg’s new sporting director Oliver Kreuzer expects Son to join Leverkusen.
"We think the transfer will go through in the next few days," he told Sky Deutschland.
The transfer is expected to go through in the next few days, for a reported fee worth €10m. Considering Son’s abilities and potential, the Premier League duo are set to miss out on a talented player.
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