HAMBURG are ready to step up their efforts to snatch Leon Andreasen from Fulham by offering close to £3million for the outof-favour midfielder.
The German giants, managed by former Spurs boss Martin Jol, were impressed by the Fulham Dane when he starred in his country's 3-2 win over Portugal last week.
But Andreasen's efforts in a Whites shirt so far have been restricted to a five-minute cameo when he came on as a sub for Danny Murphy at Hull in the first game - and it doesn't look as if they're going to improve in the immediate future.
Boss Roy Hodgson admitted the form of both Murphy and Jimmy Bullard are keeping the man he signed from Werder Bremen in January out of the team.
But sources close to the 25 yearold, who prefers to play in central midfield, revealed he doesn't want to be relegated to the reserves.
"Like all players, Leon wants to be on the pitch playing," the source said. "He's monitoring the situation because it's early days in the season.
"But you can imagine how he feels about being good enough for Denmark's World Cup campaign - and not good enough for Fulham."
Hamburg's sporting director Dietmar Beiersdorfer admitted the possibility of moving for Andreasen later.
He said: "Currently, there are many names in the market, and Leon Andreasen is a name, but it is not yet an issue for us."
* FABIO CAPELLO has told Jimmy Bullard to keep on doing what he's doing for Fulham if he finally wants to win an England cap.
The Whites man-of-the-moment admitted he was a mite disappointed not to make an appearance for his country in the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia last week - but reckons he has to star in the Premiership between now and the next round of games in October if he is to get a second shout.
He said: "When I was told by Fulham I was in the squad, I said you've got the wrong bloke.
"But it's been awesome, and yeah, there was a little bit of disappointment in not getting a game,but it's been an honour to be picked by your country - and I've not even had a chance to think about the next games.
"At the end Fabio shakes your hand and leaves it to you impress him again. The England shirt will be with me till I die."
"I've had it washed and it's ready for framing.But I've got the Premiership to focus on now."