Cardiff City are closing in on the signing of Hamburg striker Sven Schipplock, as per a report by Inside Wales Sport.

The 29-year-old striker is out of contract at Hamburg in June and could be set to be Cardiff’s first signing of the summer as they look to prepare for their Premier League campaign next season.

Schipplock has spent this season on loan at SV Darmstadt in 2. Bundesliga and only scored 2 in 23 appearances. His parent club Hamburg have been relegated to the second tier but are not expected to offer him a new deal.

He joined Hamburg in 2015 for a fee of around £1.75 million but has struggled to make an impact there. Neil Warnock is obviously prepared to give him a chance in England and add some more firepower to his attack.

Schipplock made his name at SSV Reutlingen 05 before he was signed by Stuttgart in 2008. He was initially used by Stuttgart’s B team in the third division and was promoted to their first-team in the 2010/11 season after he scored 31 goals in 89 games.

He then made the move to Hoffenheim and spent four seasons playing for them in the Bundesliga before moving to Hamburg in 2015. The 6ft 1inc striker is experienced in Germany but has never played outside of his native country.

Sven Schipplock’s goal scoring record is not prolific but he would offer Cardiff City another option in attack next season in the Premier League.