HAMBURG technical director Frank Arnesen has hinted that the German outfit would consider a cut-price move for Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt this summer.
But the Dutchman’s agent has denied reports that talks have already taken place between the two parties.
Kuyt has been tipped to leave Anfield at the end of the current campaign, having spent six years on Merseyside. The former Feyenoord man has netted just five goals in 35 appearances this season, and has found himself increasingly used as a substitute in recent months.
His Anfield contract expires at the end of next season, meaning there is the possibility of acquiring the 31-year-old for a knock-down fee. Kuyt himself has admitted that he would be forced to consider his Reds future should he fail to force his way into Kenny Dalglish’s first-team plans.
Hamburg would be one possible destination. Thorsten Fink’s side must first secure their Bundesliga status after an indifferent campaign, but are expected to undertake a major summer rebuild.
They have already agreed deals for Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Rene Adler and Lech Poznan striker Artjom Rudnevs, and Arnesen admits Kuyt is another player who would interest them.
“A player like Kuyt, who is still in good shape, can add something to any team,” Arnesen said. “He is a real team-player with an excellent attitude.”
Kuyt’s agent, Rob Jansen, however, insists there has been no approach from Hamburg, or any other club, for his client’s services.
“There have not been any talks with Arnesen or with someone else from Hamburg,” Jansen said. “Would Kuyt be interested in a move to the Bundesliga? I can’t say anything about that.
“A lot of clubs have made enquiries, but there’s nothing concrete for now.”