Hertha Berlin eye English target Colley

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HITC Sport understands Hertha Berlin lead race for African defender.

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Hertha Berlin are aiming to beat a number of English clubs to the signing of Gambian international Omar Colley.

Colley, who is currently plying his trade in Sweden with Djurgardens IF, has come to the attention of clubs across Europe after impressing for club and country during the last 18 months.

The powerful defender, who can play at centre-back and left-back, joined Djurgardens from Finnish side KuPS in January 2015 and he has gone on to establish himself as a key player in the side.

Despite only being 23 Colley has been named as captain of Gambia having made his senior debut for his country in 2012.

Omar Colley in actionOmar Colley in action

Djurgardens are aware of the mounting interest in Colley and are bracing themselves for interest in the central defender this summer.

Clubs from England, Spain and Russia have been keeping tabs on Colley's progress, but Hertha Berlin are determined to win the race for the player's signature.

Hertha Berlin finished in seventh spot in the Bundesliga this season and they see Colley as someone who bolster their defensive options for next season.

Djurgardens are reluctant to lose Colley, but they know they will not be able to stop the player from taking up the opportunity of playing at a higher level.

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