Hamburg eye Bendtner
Hamburg have confirmed their interest in Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner but fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund have quashed speculation they are chasing the striker.
The Denmark international looks set to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer and was left out of Arsene Wenger's squad that travelled for their pre-season tour of the Far East. AC Milan, Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica have all been linked with a move for Bendtner this summer, while Hamburg has also been mooted as a potential destination.
"We need more creativity in our offence. A midfielder with quality would be good for us," HSV sporting director Frank Arnesen told Hamburger Abendblatt. "Bendtner would be a real dream, he is a very interesting player. He can also play as an attacking midfielder behind the attacker. But it would almost amount to a small miracle for us to get him."
He added: "There are two other clubs who have made Nicklas an offer and we are unfortunately not in that position."
Dortmund believe a move for Bendtner does not fit in with their current philosophy.
The Bundesliga champions have struggled financially in the past and club chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke insists there will be no "paradigm shift" despite their recent success.
"There has never been an offer from Borussia Dortmund for Nicklas Bendtner," said Watzke, according to Hamburger Abendblatt.
"Of course we could make larger transfers but we don't want to borrow any money."