Manchester City have launched a bid to bring Holland midfielder Nigel de Jong to Eastlands.

De Jong, 24, currently plays for German side Hamburg, the team managed by former Tottenham Hotpsur boss Martin Jol.

Hamburg are currently assessing the offer from City, and have declined to reveal the price tag for the former Ajax player.

Hamburg press officer Jorn Wolf told PA Sport: ‘Manchester City have contacted us and signalled their interest in the player and made us an offer.

‘We now have to sit down and decide if it is worth considering.

‘If we do decide to consider the offer, then we will get back to them.

‘We have agreed together not to mention any figures.’

Hamburg's director of sport Dietmar Beiersdorfer intends to discuss the offer with De Jong and his agent, but early indications appear to suggest the club are ready to accept it.

De Jong's contract, which expires next year, contains a clause that would allow him to leave in the summer for only €2million, while City's offer is reported to be €15million.

De Jong said: ‘Everybody knows that I would like to play for a big club eventually.

‘I count Manchester City in that category. I will take my time and listen to everything and then I will make the right decision for me.

‘But I am a Hamburg player and it could be that I remain so.’

The Dutchman joined Hamburg in 2006 for €1.5million from Ajax and has played 66 Bundesliga games for the club, scoring twice.