Liverpool and Arsenal to go head to head over South Korean sensation?

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Son Heung-Min has delayed signing a new contract as his current club Hamburg, and a £8 million bid might be enough to bring him to England in January.

The 20-year-old has already netted five times from the wing this season, most notably scoring a brace to help his side beat the defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund. Son’s ability to carry this threat from the flank of a forward three would make him an ideal candidate for Liverpool and Arsenal, who both play with similar three-pronged attacks, and have looked short of goals at times this season.

For Wenger’s side Son could be the replacement for Theo Walcott if his contract situation cannot be resolved, whilst at Liverpool Rodgers is desperate to add any attacking talent he can to his squad. The English sides may also face competition from Dortmund, who are in no doubt about Son’s talent after their match with Hamburg earlier in the season.

Son has grown in importance at Hamburg this season as they have relied on him to help replace the goals of Mladen Petric, who left for Fulham in the summer. His contract is due to expire in 2014, and so far the attempts to put an extension in place have been unsuccessful. The winger himself has said he is unsure of whether he will sign a new deal this winter, which could encourage teams to make a move for him in January.

For their part Hamburg are desperate to keep hold of the forward. At 20 he is already amongst the most exciting prospects in the Bundesliga, and the Hamburg manager Thorsten Fink believes the best decision for his future development would be to stay at the club.

However if Son’s contract cannot be extended in the near future, teams will be keen to test Hamburg’s resolve with bids in January. Reports currently suggest that an amount of around £8 million may be enough to tempt to German club to sell Son. With transfer funds limited at Liverpool, this may make Son a more attractive option than Walcott or Sturridge, with whom the club has also been linked. Son’s wage demands will also be smaller than those of the two English forwards, and at 20, he is younger than each of them as well.

Son clearly fits the bill of both Arsenal and Liverpool. Young, talented, relatively cheap and a natural fit for the formations they are playing, you can see why each may consider a bid for the South Korean this January.

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