Hamburg ditch Kluivert bid
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Hamburg have opted against gambling on the signing of Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert.
The former Newcastle United misfit has been told he can leave Valencia after just one season at the Mestalla.
Reports had suggested Hamburg were exploring the possibility of adding Kluivert to the Holland contingent at the AOL Arena.
Nigel De Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Khalid Boulahrouz are already at the club, but it is unlikely Kluivert will be joining his compatriots.
Hamburg's sporting director Dietmar Beiersdorfer concedes pushing through with a bid for Kluivert would be too risky.
Beiersdorfer said: "The risk is too big.
"It is, of course, our objective to have a reinforcement in attack for the Champions League qualification match.
"But we will not take under contract a player we are not that sure can help us."
The ambitious Bundesliga have also been linked with a swoop for Aston Villa striker Milan Baros, but any movement could be on hold until the managerial situation is resolved in the Midlands.