Hamburg are hoping to complete a deal for Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga after his successful loan spell with the Red Shorts.
However, if he is to return to the Imtech Arena, Hamburg will have to increase their interest after Hertha have raised his valuation.
Last season, Lasogga made 18 starts for the club and scored an impressive 13 goals as he helped to steer them away from relegation as he scored the vital goal in their play off against Greuther Fürth to keep them in the Bundesliga.
Following this impressive stint and after losing their top scorer, Adrian Ramos, to Borussia Dortmund, Hertha are trying to block out bidders by raising their asking price for the player.
According to Sky Sports, they have topped their valuation to over £10 million and this has upset Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer, who believes this price is unreasonable considering the 22-year-old is out of contract in 2015.
Kreuzer has told German newspaper, Bild: "They [demands of Hertha Berlin) are completely non-realistic and definitely unreasonably high.
"It's almost off the roof. We should be able to agree a more realistic package given the contract situation of the player."
Lasogga grew attached to the club following their survival as he spoke after the play off victory describing how happy he was that the team had managed to stay up and was thankful he was able to find some form for the club after struggling with injuries in the proceeding months.
Premier League interest
It appears that it is not only the German club fighting it out for the talented forward. Premier League side, Newcastle United are also chasing up the German and have held talks with the player.
The talks between him and the Magpies have been ongoing for some time and although they have agreed personal terms, it is still his parent club that are holding tabs over the situation as he has been ordered back to pre-season training for the time being.
It seems unless Hamburg are able to raise their bid, Lasogga will be coming over to the Premier League where he will replace fellow German loanee, Luuk De Jong. The striker who spent part of last season at the Sports Direct Arena, moving from Borussia Mongladbach will return to the club after Newcastle refused to sign the striker on a permanent basis despite the strikers optimism for the move. ]
There have, however, been reports that PSV Eindhoven could swoop for the striker if his agent continues to opt for a move away from the German league.
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