Revealed - Why contract talks have stopped in Germany for Arsenal and Liverpool target

Arsenal and Liverpool linked Hakan Calhanoglu will have to wait to sign a new contract at Hamburg.

Talks over a new contract for Hamburg’s Hakan Calhanoglu have been put on the back burner.

German newspaper Bild has revealed that talks have been postponed, as Hamburg prioritise finding additional attacking support during the winter transfer window.

The report suggests that Hamburg’s decision to loan out Artjoms Rudnevs along with an injury to Maxi Beister has left the squad short of attacking options.

“At the moment talks are nothing because HSV loaned Artjoms Rudnevs to Hannover and the evil injury to Maxi Beister, completely different problems exist and a solution must be found,” reads the Bild report.

Calhanoglu was linked with Premier League moves to Arsenal and Liverpool, as both sides look to beef up their attacking options this month ahead of the second half of the season.

However, before fans of those sides get too excited, the report in Bild goes on to carry quotes from Hamburg’s sporting director Oliver Kreuzer, which suggest there are no major worries over Calhanoglu’s new contract, with the Bundesliga club expecting it to be simply a matter of time before he signs a new deal.

“It’s true, the priority at the moment is to search for an offensive player,” said Kreuzer before the report added; “The final details of the contractual instrument by Hakan are lashed in the next two or three weeks, the contract will be signed.”

It’s a temporary halt in talks but it’s not a breakdown or a collapse in negotiations as other areas of the rumour mill may suggest.

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