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Hamburg look to tie down Son

October 10, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Hamburg are set to offer Son Heung-Min a new contract as they look to fight off a raft of interest for their in-demand player.

Son Heung-Min celebrates
EmpicsSon Heung-Min has been in fine form for Hamburg this season

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Son, 20, has been the key figure in the club's rise up the Bundesliga table in recent weeks, scoring four goals in the last five matches.

The impressive displays have caught the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, with Liverpool reportedly leading the race and preparing an offer of €10.5 million for January.

However, Hamburg are determined to keep hold of the South Korea international, whose current contract expires in 2014, by offering him a new deal.

"We absolutely want to extend his contract," director of football Frank Arnesen said.

Following Son's wonder goal against Greuther Furth last weekend, Hamburg boss Thorsten Fink has put his player's upswing in form down to the hard work put in on the training pitch.

"That's what he practices in training every day and it shows that it pays off doing more than the others," Fink said.

The attacking midfielder arrived at Hamburg's youth academy as part of an exchange programme in 2008 and has played in 47 league matches for the club, scoring 12 times.