Hamburg fans start petition to sign Will Grigg

Northern Ireland's Will Grigg.

Northern Ireland's Will Grigg.

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Supporters of Bundesliga side Hamburg have started a petition to urge the club to sign Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg.

The Wigan striker has become an unlikely star at Euro 2016, despite not playing a single minute of his country’s four games, thanks to the song ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’, adapted by a Latics fan from Gala’s 1997 hit Freed From Desire.

The petition, posted on www.openpetition.de, had attracted more than 5,500 signatures by Thursday morning.

“After several proposals on social networks we start herewith a petition to direct the attention of HSV (Hamburg) to a transfer of the Northern Ireland international Will Grigg,” the petition said.

The petition said Grigg had a market value of 1.5 million euros (£1.23m) and would probably “bring in that much several times over in merchandising”.

The 24-year-old scored 25 goals in Sky Bet League One last season.

Hamburg finished the season in 10th place in the Bundesliga.