Anfield boss ready to make move for Utrecht’s prized asset.
Liverpool are readying an £8m bid for Dutch international youngster Ricky van Wolfswinkel as the Anfield boss tries hard to nab a new striker before the transfer window slams shut.
This was a story we ran before anyone else and it appears to be a transfer rumour that is gathering some momentum. Roy Hodgson wants to beef up his attacking line and with Javier Mascherano now on his way to Barcelona the Anfield club may have the funds to put in a useful bid for the Dutch international with the unfortunate name.
Having scored a hat-trick against Celtic last night he is clearly become an even more highly rated prospect and the 21 year old has now netted an astonishing 12 goals in nine starts this season. David Ngog has tried hard to make an impact in the first team and although he has scored in Europa League encounters as well as a great finish against Arsenal, he may not be the player the Liverpool boss is looking to provide Fernando Torres as strike partner.
Wolfswinkel looked sharp against Celtic and proved that his scoring ability is as potent in European competition as it is in the Dutch Eredivisie and even though any move for the former Vitesse man would rule him out of the Europa League action he is still a player Hodgson is looking at snapping up, not least after seemingly failing to lure PSV man Ola Toivonen to Merseyside.
Liverpool are poised to make an approach for Holland forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel, according to reports.
Last week there were suggestions in the media that the Reds are to offer £8 million for the 21-year-old, and now Tribalfootball says that FC Utrecht are expecting an imminent bid from the Anfield club.
Roy Hodgson is understood to have identified his striking department as an area in need of reinforcement and, hence, has been linked to numerous goalscorers since taking over as Liverpool boss last month.
And, if reports are to be believed, van Wolfswinkel could soon be on his way to Merseyside.
The FC Utrecht frontman is one of the hottest prospects in Dutch football, and has hit the ground running this year with six strikes in seven games; adding to his tally of 10 goals last season in his debut campaign at the Stadion Galgenwaard. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)