Anfield boss keen on young striker.
According to reports Manchester face competition from bitter rivals Liverpool in the chase for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
The Merseysiders were reported to have ended their pursuit of the forward this week as United continue to monitor his progress.
However, Correio da Manha says Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish remains interested in Van Wolfswinkel, who he scouted personally last year before taking the Anfield helm.
Van Wolfswinkel moved to Sporting this summer from FC Utrecht and has been outstanding in the first months of the new season.
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Kenny Dalglish has been linked with a move for Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel for some time and the Merseyside club were first reportedly targeting the 22 year old when they came up against Utrecht in the Europa League last term.
The sharp shooter has since moved to Sporting Lisbon and has continued his hot scoring streak, netting six in seven games since his move to Portugal after 36 goals in two seasons at Utrecht.
Whilst Liverpool have a solid strike pairing in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll they do not have much in the way of back up support. Dalglish did sign Craig Bellamy in the summer but the Welshman is 32 years of age and clearly not a long term prospect and it appears that Dirk Kuyt is seen primarily as a converted right winger.
Indeed England international Carroll has not been prolific since his move to Anfield, netting in just two of his 14 Premier League appearances for the club. A lot is therefore expected of Uruguayan Suarez and clearly Dalglish would like to bring in further goalscoring options and sees Wolfswinkel as a player with a great deal of potential.
Sporting Lisbon spent just under £5m on the striker in June and will fight to keep the player but interest from Liverpool may well tempt the former Vitesse man who could see a high profile move further help his fight to claim a regular spot in Bert van Marwijk’s Dutch international set-up.