Report: Hamburg taking action to prevent Everton and West Ham stealing Bobby Wood

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman before the game

Bobby Wood had a clause in his contract allowing him to depart on the cheap - amid links with West Ham and Everton, Hamburg are trying to act.

United States forward Bobby Wood

Avid Bundesliga fanatics may be a little nonplussed as to why Hamburg striker Bobby Wood appears to have piqued the interest of a number of clubs across the Atlantic. Despite the 24-year-old’s undoubted potential, a tally of five goals in 23 appearances is far from prolific.

Yet, Bild claim that this may not stop Everton and West Ham in particular from testing Hamburg’s resolve in the summer. Furthermore, the report claimed that Wood has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the so-called Dinosaur of German football for just £4.3 million if they were to suffer the first relegation in their Bundesliga history.

That still appears a distinct possibility, with Hamburg just a point above the relegation play-off place despite winning each of their last four home games under Markus Gisdol.

And Die Rothosen are clearly having a few sleepless nights, if Bild’s latest reports are anything to go by. Hamburg are supposedly determined to convince Wood to sign a new contract with a far higher clause to prevent him from walking away for peanuts at the end of his debut season.

United States forward Bobby Wood (L)

Therefore, Everton and West Ham will surely be watching events in the Bundesliga very closely over the final month of the season. The USA international striker, who netted friendly winners against Holland and Germany in the space of just five days in June 2015, possesses the natural pace and power to thrive in the Premier League.

And, with time on his side, he’d be a snip at just £4.3 million regardless of his rather modest goals tally this season.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman before the game

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