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Hamburg Confirm English Offer On Table For Eljero Elia

Eljero Elia Eljero Elia NED at the Netherlands-Denmark 2-0 game, first round of the World Cup 2010, held at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

Eljero Elia, the Dutch winger playing in the Bundesliga with Hamburg, has been the subject of a solid bid, after several clubs had been reportedly monitoring him over the past few seasons. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been said to be watching the 23 year-old, but it is Wigan Athletic who have been the confirmed bidders.

Hamburg’s sporting director Bernhard Reinhardt said:

“We cannot deny there is interest, but there is only one specific offer which came from Wigan to take him on loan for six months. But [we] will not rush to agree to such things. Apart from that, there have been no offers.”

Elia is a very pacey winger or striker, and in 2009, he won the prestigious Johan Cruijff Award for “Young Player of the Year” in the Netherlands, and the player not only has skill in abundance, but confidence in that skill too, so much so, he has very real aspirations to play with three of the biggest clubs in the world:

“I have learned a lot in the Bundesliga. I am very grateful to the HSA. HSV is also a top team. But I would love to play for one of the special clubs such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Manchester United.”

“I played with the Dutch national team at the World Cup and showed what level I can perform at, I passed that test.”

Elia has several possibilities to choose from, all really depending on where he thinks his long term future realistically lies. A move to Wigan could potentially be a good move, as he would find first team Premier League games, as well as valuable English football experience.

If he is dreaming of a Manchester United move in the future, there is no better way of getting noticed than playing against them and proving his worth at the highest level with Wigan. However, with Manchester United seemingly having their position covered in Nani, (the injured) Valencia and Ji Sung Park, as well as being strongly linked to a move for Alexis Sanchez, Elia wouldn’t be top of United’s transfer target list.

Alternatively, Liverpool. The clubs position is quite unstable at the moment, and for a player with a history of attitude problems, a transfer to Anfield may not be his best option. Time will tell whether this obvious young talent will choose to move to England and possibly fulfil a dream, or stay in Germany with Hamburg, unable to fulfil his big ambitions.

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  3. durban@gun

    January 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    i been crying out for wenger to sign him the guy is class .he is exactly wat we need for the left wing he has loads of pace and trickery and is miles better den walcott or vela . arshavin is not a winger nasri is not a winger and rosicky is not a winger. wenger keeps playn players out of position thats why teams always park da bus because they no our wide players always cut in .. throw eljiah robben or ribery outwide for us and see the difference they would make . we need that out and out winger to drag defenders out of position

  4. Jay Wright

    January 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Liverpool should be making it a second priority to go after Elia (after focusing on Suarez first though), especially if it is a low cost/low risk deal; and replacing the workmanlike (average) Kuyt, Maxi & Cole in the wide areas with more technically gifted, younger and quicker talents

  5. Bob

    January 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Durban shut up, you clueless idiot. Walcott is miles better than Elia. Arshavin is a winger, Rosicky can play on the wing you disgrace me to be an Arsenal fan. No seriously, you do. And for the love of god learn proper English.

  6. Cantona

    January 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Jay Wright is a typical idiot scouser. Suarez!?! Try Carlton cole. Elia!?! Routledge if ur lucky.
    Ur new yanks r no gonna spend anymore than good old Tom n George.

  7. Cantona

    January 9, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I luv Tom n George 🙂

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  9. Rage

    January 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Bob… what you have stated is very poor assessment of Arsenal football club. Elia would be an excellent addition to a distinctly average Arsenal frontline… that lacks penetration.

    Although I think Hazard would be a better addition – I would take Elia over a lackluster Arshavin any day of the week.

    That will be all.

  10. Hughes10

    January 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Cantona, I luv tom n george too, but it doesnt mean your rase doesnt smell any less than it did yesterday

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