Hamburg targeting Ivica Olic

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Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg are weighing up a move for veteran striker Ivica Olic, according to Bild.

The 35-year-old, who currently plays for VFL Wolfsburg, has caught the attention of Hamburg who are trying to bolster their attacking options before the end of the January transfer window.

Olic, who scored 48 goals in 115 appearances for the north-German outfit in every competition between 2007-2009 is also understood to be keen on a move away from the Wolves.

Still starring 

Although the former Bayern Munich striker has scored five goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances this season, Wolfsburg have confirmed that they would be happy to let Olic leave if the price was right.

Indeed, this might also depend on Dieter Hecking’s side being successful in landing a striker to fill the shoes left by a professional who himself has netted 33 goals in 94 outings for the German giants.

If the former Croatian international were to sign for Hamburg then it is understood that he would have to take a substantial pay-cut to join a side who are odds on favourite to suffer their first ever relegation from the Bundesliga.

In need

The Red Shorts have only been able to muster 17 points from their last 17 Bundesliga outings and are just three places from the bottom of the table.

Indeed, Josef Zinnbauer’s side have only managed to score a mere total of nine goals in the German top-flight this season and have looked towards Olic to relieve the club of their goal-scoring woes and in so propelling the Red Shorts up the table.

However, with the winter transfer-window closing on Monday, HSV are taking no chances and have already made other inquires just in case they were to miss out on the 25 year old.

Club representatives have already made an approach for Bayer Leverkusen striker, Josip Drmic although this approach is understood to have been rebuffed.

There are also reports that Hamburg are also monitoring the situation regarding another old-boy with Paolo Guerrero keen on a move away from Brazilian club Corinthians.

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