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Liverpool seeking South Korean forward Son Heung-Min

Liverpool have approached German side Hamburg over their South Korean forward Son Heung-Min, according to reports on Thursday and quotes from Hamburg player Rafael van der Vaart.

Van der Vaart is quoted saying: “He [Heung-Min] must stay here [Hamburg]. Of course it is tempting when Liverpool approaches you and offers twenty million [Euros].

“Yet here he has confidence, he plays regularly and can get better. He is a very important player for us.”

Heung-Min, 20, has six goals in 12 games in the Bundesliga this season. But his current deal expires in 2014 and has stalled on signing a new contract with Hamburg – so van der Vaart’s claim of a £16m bid seems rather unlikely. Previous reports had suggested a fee of less than £10m would be more likely.

Earlier this week Heung-Min commented on the speculation, saying “I am as yet unaware whether I am to sign a new deal with Hamburg this winter.

“Still, there is no doubt that I am very happy with my current situation at Hamburg. I like the club and I love the fans.”

Heung-Min can play as a forward or attacking midfielder.

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