Hamburg reject Kruse deal - report

Robbie Kruse has been offered by Bayer Leverkusen to Hamburg SV in a proposed swap deal, according to German media.

Bild reports that Kruse was used by Leverkusen as part of a bid to sign teenage Hamburg defender Jonathan Tah.

Hamburg have rejected the proposed swap deal, which included a €5million transfer fee.

Kruse has been surplus to requirements at Leverkusen due to knee and ankle injuries, which have dogged his time at the club.

The winger, who got married to his Australian partner on the weekend, has managed only 27 appearances in two seasons at the BayArena after his switch from Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2013.

It is understood mid-table Bundesliga duo FSV Mainz and Eintracht Frankfurt are also interested in Kruse.

Kruse’s agent failed to return FourFourTwo’s calls, while the player is currently on holiday in United States.

The former Melbourne Victory man hasn’t played competitively since the 2015 Asian Cup final in January when he suffered an ankle injury.

He returned to field training five weeks ago but is yet to resume full training with his team-mates.

The Leverkusen first team is due to return to pre-season training on July 3.

The club’s 2015-16 season is set to get underway in mid-August with the UEFA Champions League play-off round.