Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hamburg want Son stay; Al Habsi plays down Liverpool link

Hamburger SV boss Thorsten Fink wants to keep South Korea international Son Heung-Min at the Imtech Arena amid reports linking the 20-year-old forward with English Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool, according to Sky Sports.

Son has started the 2012-13 German Bundesliga campaign on good goal-scoring form, with five goals in 10 league appearances for Hamburg this season.

Last month, the former Dongbuk High School FC youth starlet revealed that he is not sure whether he will sign a new long-term contract extension with Hamburg, with the 20-year-old’s current deal set to expires in 2014, fueling speculation that he is set to exit the Imtech Arena when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Despite the reports linking Son with a lucrative move to the Premier League, Fink hopes to retain the services of the South Korean forward, insisting that he could be better off staying at Hamburg for the time being.

“We want to achieve something with Son,” Fink told German Sky Sport News.

“I think it would be better for his sporting development, if he stayed and played with us.

“When anyone plays well, there is of course always a bit of transfer speculation about him.

“Ultimately, Son must know that we want to build something here and we have kept hold of players who want to also achieve something.”

Al Habsi plays down Liverpool link

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has played down rumours linking him with a possible move to Anfield, with out-of-form, and perhaps out-of-favour, Spanish shot-stopper Pepe Reina currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Sky Sports understands.

Al Habsi, 30, has been one of the best, and most consistent, goalkeepers in the Premier League since joining Wigan, initially on loan, in 2010.

The Oman international did not get much of a first-team chance at Bolton Wanderers, but he’s certainly made up for lost time at Wigan, and being linked with Liverpool surely confirms exactly that.

Believe it or not, Liverpool and Wigan are level on points through 10 league games, with each side having tallied 11 points.

After tallying back-to-back victories, including a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday, Latics boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that he is targeting a top half finish in the league this season.

“We believe we can finish in the top half of the table,” insisted Martinez.

“The players we have got in the squad have got tremendous potential. They can go all the way. We should be playing the way we played at Tottenham week in, week out.”


Shawn Etemadi



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