Fans of German side St Pauli are dreaming of a return for Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leo Ostigard this summer, but a deal may be difficult to get done.

That’s according to BILD, who detail how the defender is still in contact with his former club after a successful loan spell last year.

They explain that Ostigard is well-loved at the German club after his loan spell there last season, and the feeling is mutual, with him having made his appreciation for them clear on more than one occasion.

Indeed, at the beginning of March, he was on a video call with Sebastien Ohlsson to celebrate a win over local rivals HSV, another clear indication of his feelings.

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That has obviously got St Pauli fans ‘dreaming’ the Brighton man will return one day, with it explained he’s a ‘hero’ to them.

But the chances of that happening are slim, according to BILD.

While his contract with Brighton expires in the summer, they have an option for a further year and ‘transfer rights’.

Similarly, with a value of over €2m, he is simply too expensive for St Pauli, who would have ‘no chance of buying’.

Instead, they would have to hope for another loan deal, which would first require him signing for another year at the Amex before being loaned out again.

Thus, at this moment in time, it is ‘difficult to turn this long-distance relationship into a hot love’ unless there is some movement on the contract front first.