Hoffenheim are attempting to take advantage of the managerial change at West Ham by securing an €8 million move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taras Stepanenko in January, sources have told ESPN FC.
Prior to his dismissal as Hammers manager earlier this month, Slaven Bilic had been working on a deal to sign the defensive midfielder from the Ukrainian champions.
Stepanenko, capped 37 times by Ukraine, has been monitored during Shakhtar's Champions League campaign by several Premier League...
Shakhtar Donetsk stayed on track to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage by beating Feyenoord 3-1 in Kharkiv on Wednesday, consigning the Rotterdam club to their fourth-consecutive defeat in the competition this season.
The result left Shakhtar with nine points, three behind Group F leader Manchester City, who continued their rich scoring form to win 4-2 at Napoli.
As with their 2-1 loss to Shakhtar two weeks ago in Rotterdam, Feyenoord took an early lead and then squandered it.
Bernard scored twice to lead 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk past Feyenoord 2-1 and solidify the Ukrainian team's grip on second place in Group F of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Shakhtar's second group stage win left Feyenoord without a point following three straight defeats. Manchester City stayed on top after beating Napoli 2-1.
Bernard netted in the 24th and 54th minutes to cancel out a seventh-minute strike by Steven Berghuis.
Feyenoord started strongly at a sold-out De Kuip Stadium and Berghuis...