Hamburg ahead in race to bag Berg

Groningen striker Marcus Berg is edging towards a summer switch to Hamburg, following meetings between both clubs to finalise the Swedish starlet's future. The 22-year-old front-man netted 13 goals in 15 outings for Dutch side Groningen in 2008/09 - including four in one match against Roda JC - having scored 18 the previous season. However, the youngster shot to fame during the recent European U21 Championships in Sweden, where Berg bagged seven goals in four matches as the hosts eventually bowed out on penalties to England at the semi-final stage. Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Fulham, Ajax, Stuttgart, Fiorentina, Lazio, Villarreal and Hamburg have been linked with the starlet's signature this summer. The latter appear to have finally won the race to land the striker's signature, after officials from both clubs met on Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement. And Hamburg midfielder Romeo Castellen, who featured in the Dutch side that won the 2006 European U21 Championships, believes Berg would be a useful acquisition. "Marcus scored 17 goals last season and then hit seven in the European U21 Championships," he told Hamburger Abendblatt. "The numbers speak for themselves. However, the switch from the Eredivisie to the Bundesliga is huge. "We would have to give him time to find his way in Germany." NEWS: Fulham enter race to bag Berg NEWS: Berg set to snub England for Germany NEWS: Groningen ready Berg replacement NEWS: Merseyside duo keen on bagging Berg