Hamburg have delayed talks with those players in the final year of their contracts, such as Rafael van der Vaart.
The alarm bells are ringing louder than ever in Hamburg after a 3-1 defeat at home to Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Hamburg have denied reports that key players have been offered to other clubs in order to reduce their wage bill.
Heiko Westermann has been drafted into the Germany squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden.
Heiko Westermann looks set to join Hamburg after quitting pre-season training with Schalke.
Schalke boss Felix Magath has attempted to steer clear of reports linking him with a move for Jorge Fucile.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he is holding talks with Sol Campbell over a possible deal.
German defender Heiko Westermann has snubbed a proposed move to Sunderland to stay at Schalke.
Germany have been hit by another injury blow with the news that Heiko Westermann is out of the World Cup.
Schalke coach Felix Magath has dismissed fresh speculation linking defender Rafinha with a move away from the club.
Felix Magath has taken veteran Brazilian Flavio on trial as he bids to keep Heiko Westermann happy.
Germany have played down injury concerns over key duo Lukas Podolski and Philipp Lahm.
Germany coach Joachim Low says he is happy with his team's performance in comfortably beating Switzerland on Wednesday.
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