In-demand Kuyt considers making Hamburg next port of call
Published 22:26 21/04/12 By Bill Mills
Dirk Kuyt will leave Liverpool when the season is over.
The Dutch striker has a string of foreign clubs chasing him, including Roma, Fiorentina, his old club Feyenoord and Galatasaray.
But Hamburg are trying to beat all the others by offering 31-year-old Kuyt a £3million-a-year contract until 2014.
Former Tottenham and Chelsea director Frank Arnesen, now director of football at Hamburg, is busy constructing the deal.
Arnesen said: “A player like Kuyt, who is still in good shape, can add something to any team. He is a real team-player with an excellent attitude.’’
Kuyt can leave Liverpool on a free, if he goes back to his old club Feyenoord. He has that clause in his contract, which expires next year. But the Dutch club is not able to pay Kuyt more than £20,000 a-week.
Arnesen hopes to lure Kuyt to Hamburg, where he can offer him the same level of wages – £60,000 a week – as at Liverpool.
Bizarrely, there is one more reason why Kuyt would prefer to move to Hamburg.
He wants to live with his family in a port by the sea. He was born in the fishing port Katwijk in Holland, played for Feyenoord in the port of Rotterdam, then went to Liverpool, another port.
Hamburg would be the ideal final destination. Not too far from home and fitting in his love of big ports.