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Hamburg eye Germany chief

Hamburg have made an approach to recruit Germany national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff, the 46-year-old has confirmed.

Bierhoff recently signed a new contract with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2016 but he admits the offer from Hamburg, who only retained their top-flight status via the relegation play-offs, has its appeal.

"Despite the crisis they are having, Hamburg are still one of the top addresses in the Bundesliga with the surroundings, tradition and opportunities they have," Bierhoff told Sport Bild magazine.

"I've had a relaxed chat with them and there are thoughts going around my mind."

Bierhoff nevertheless insists he is "very happy" with his job at the DFB and that he is not currently considering a move to club football.

Hamburg are currently studying a restructuring plan following their close shave with relegation.

They survived only after beating second-tier Greuther Furth over two legs on away goals, and Bierhoff has emerged as a candidate to initiate change within the club.

"Of course, Oliver would be a candidate for a leading role at HSV," said the club's board member Joachim Hilke, who made the initial contact with Bierhoff.

"He's extremely competent and I would certainly welcome him here and hope that he comes, but I am not the chairman - I am just on the advisory board."