Hamburger SV are lining up an audacious bid to sign promising striker, Max Kruse from Bundesliga rivals, Borussia Mönchengladbach according to German newspaper Bild.de.
The three-time Bundesliga champions are desperate to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign, having narrowly survived relegation to the second tier of German football for the first time in their modern history the previous term.
Hamburg spend big on reinforcements
The Imetch Arena outfit have already spent £20.5 million on seven new transfers this summer, in a bid to challenge for European football, having spent the last five years away from the continental game.
Hamburg have strengthened their frontline by acquiring the services of Germany U21 striker, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who scored 13 goals in 20 Bundesliga fixtures whilst on loan from Hertha Berlin last season in a £7.5 million deal.
Whilst they have also beefed up their porous defence, by signing Centre-Back Johan Djourou and Sweeper, Valon Behrami from Arsenal and SSC Napoli respectively.
Max Kruse could become record signing
However, any signs of Hamburg’s audacious spending coming to an end seems unlikely, with the north German club lining up a shock move to make Germany international Max Kruse their record signing.
The 26-year-old who only joined Borussia Mönchengladbach from SC Freiburg last summer scored 12 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances for the Foals last season, whilst also going on to win six caps for Germany.
As a result the North Rhine-Westphalia outfit are keen to keep hold of a striker who has three years left on his current contract, and it is thought that Hamburg would have to offer at least £15 million if they were to make process in signing the 26 year old.
However, one of the club’s chief investor’s Klaus-Michel Kϋhme, who in the past has financed the return of midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes that Hamburg would benefit from having Kruse within their ranks.
Kϋhme endorses signing
He told Hamburg Abendblatt: “Max Kruse would make an excellent signing for Hamburg. He comes from the area and he has (family) roots in Hamburg.”
The Germany international was born in Reinbek, a suburb of Hamburg, before bursting onto the scene with a promising spell at local side, St Pauli, whilst it is believed that the striker would favour a move back to his home-town to be closer to his family.
The 77 year old investor has also stated that the club, via loans from third parties, has a maximum budget of around £21 million to spend on new signings, and as a result could afford to sign the striker if the foals were to hold out for a premium price.
However, any potential signing would have to be discussed in earnest with Hamburg’s Director of Sports, Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who Kϋhne despite praising some of his early coups, believes that the 50 year old has recently let the club down with some impulse buys.
He went on to say: “Dietmar Beiersdorfer has been in the business for a long time, and he has proved that he can sign some great players. Unfortunately, in the past few years Beiersdorfer has bought players far too quickly.”