Bundesliga side Hamburger SV have still not given up on signing Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.
Van der Vaart, 29, and Hamburg have already agreed on personal terms. The Holland international would sign a three-year contract, earning €3.9 million per year.
However, the two clubs are still unable to agree on the transfer fee, with the Premier League club wanting €18 million, whilst the Germans are only willing to pay €12 million.
"We are not able to pay big transfer fees and a huge salary," Hamburg chairman Carl-Edgar Jarchow told Abendblatt.
Hamburg are trying to make themselves financially stable, and are looking for the help from local mulit-millionaire Klaus-Michael Kuhne, who is reportedly willing loan money to the club.
"Van der Vaart would help us, no question. And he wants to join us. It is all in Tottenham's hands now. But they need to be more reasonable with the price. Chances currently are 70/30 he will not join us," Jarclow explained.
Hamburg crashed out of the German cup, and lost their first league match to 1.FC Nurnberg. The only team to feature in every Bundesliga season are lloking ot aid to their squad to avoid battling it out in the lower half of the table.
The club have recently acquired Wolfsburg's Petr Jiracek, 26, and Dinamo Zagreb's Milan Badelj, 23.
Van der Vaart is now Hamburg's main target, and their cause may be aided bythe arrival of fellow midfielder Moussa Dembele at White Hart Lane.