Bremen return for Per

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Werder Bremen have re-opened talks with Bundesliga rivals Hannover for German international defender Per Mertesacker.

The 21-year-old World Cup star has already insisted he would like a move away from the AWD-Arena to play regular European football, but the clubs are yet to agree a fee.

Hannover turned down an initial ‚é¼3.5 million (£2.4 million) offer prior to the tournament and are now ready to offer ‚é¼5 million (£3.4 million) for the promising youngster.

Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs has suggested the club have already agreed personal terms with Mertesacker and are using a clause in his contract, which would see him available for ‚é¼1.4 million (£960,000) in June 2007, to their advantage.

"One way or another, we will reach a solution over the next few days," Allofs declared.

"Per wants to join us and he wants to do it now."

The team have already signed Cameroon defender Pierre Wome, Bayer Leverkusen striker Clemens Fritz and Porto duo Diego and Hugo Almeida, but are anxious to challenge domestically and on the European stage in the coming season.

The North Germans were disappointed to be knocked-out of the UEFA Champions League by Juventus last term, and are desperate to progress further this time round.