Agent: Leverkusen the front runner for Calhanoglu

Leverkusen is in the driver's seat to sign the attacking midfielder from Hamburg.

Hakan Calhanoglu's agent has revealed that Bayer Leverkusen is the favorite to sign the attacking midfielder from Hamburg.

Calhanoglu has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season with Hamburg, scoring 11 goals in 32 Bundesliga games. The Turkey international signed a new contract to keep him at the Imtech Arena until 2018 earlier this year.

However, with Hamburg facing a relegation playoff with Greuther Furth in order to preserve its place in the German top flight, Calhanoglu's future has been cast into doubt.

Leverkusen is the front runner to secure the 20-year-old's services according to representative Bektas Demirtas - who ruled out his client moving to German champion Bayern Munich or any interested Premier League clubs.

"From the perspective of the player, the environment at Leverkusen is favored," Demirtas told Bild. "It would be the next step for Hakan to play internationally. They are a club who are playing in Europe, who would like to buy him and who are also prepared to pay the right price for him.

"A move to a foreign club is not in question. Bayern also plays no role, we have never favored a move to Munich. It is important that the boy is playing. We have to think in the medium to long term."

The first leg of Hamburg's playoff with Furth takes place on Thursday.