Highly-rated 23-year-old Holland winger Eljero Elia looks set to leave Hamburg this month, but it won’t be on the cheap. The Bundesliga club have told Premier League suitors Liverpool and Wigan that Elia will only move for a hefty sum and have slapped a £12.5 million price tag on him.
Elia is keen to leave Hamburg after falling out with manager Armin Veh earlier in the season, but the German club’s valuation of him could potentially scupper a move. According to the Daily Mail Hamburg have already turned down a loan offer from Wigan and will only let Elia leave on their terms.
Hamburg sporting direct Bastian Reinhardt has said “We do not loan players out, this is a simple conclusion,” and went on to state that “as the current employer of Elia, we require at least 15 million Euros from potential buyers.” It will be interesting to see whether this price tag puts off any potential suitors for the Dutchman who has been capped 15 times by his country.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is looking at Elia as a possible replacement for want away midfielder Charles N’Zogbia and has already had a deal until the end of the season turned down. Liverpool were thought to be interested but the departure of Roy Hodgson may have changed things, while Wolfsburg seem to be frontrunners as they look to spend some of the funds recouped on Manchester City’s new £27 million striker Edin Dzeko.