Hamburg show striker the door

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Hamburg have decided against signing Brazilian striker Ailton on a permanent deal.

The 32-year-old joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan from Besiktas in January but failed to impress at the AOL Arena, scoring just three goals in thirteen league games as Hamburg failed to secure second place in the table behind Bayern Munich.

The Rothosen had the option of making Ailton's move permanent for a ‚é¼1.75 million fee but have now decided against keeping the former Werder Bremen and Schalke star.

"We have had many discussions on the subject, but have come to the conclusion that it's time to move in another direction," commented HSV sport director Dietmar Beiersdorfer on Monday.

Ailton is the second striker to leave Hamburg this summer following Frankfurt-bound Naohiro Takahara.

German media reports claim that coach Thomas Doll would like to bring either PSV Eindhoven star Jefferson Farfan or Werder Bremen's Croatian international hit-man Ivan Klasnic in as a replacement.