Liverpool & Arsenal target set for new Hamburg contract?

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Liverpool and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Hakan Calhanoglu, after the Turkish starlet revealed that he'd be prepared to sign a new contract with Hamburg, reports Sky Sports.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that the player was poised for a return to his homeland with Galatasaray.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had been credited with an interest in bringing Calhanoglu to the Emirates Stadium, but faced an uphill battle to sign him because he's under contract at the Imtech Arena until 2016.

Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the Turkey international, as he looks to strengthen his forward ranks at Anfield during the January window.

However, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Galatasaray's time spent monitoring the Bundesliga star looks to have been wasted, after Calhanoglu hinted that he could extend his stay with Bert van Marwijk's side.

"I am a player of Hamburg. If there is a good new deal, I will happily accept it," he told Sky Deutschland. "I would really like to stay on at Hamburg. I want to have a future in the Bundesliga.

"I am sure I will be an even better player in the second half of the season. I am now more used to the standard of competition in this league."

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