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Arsenal & Tottenham Close In On £21m Huntelaar after Dutchman Turns Down Stuttgart

Real Madrid ace looks for somewhere to call home!

SOCCER: MAR 07 Spanish League - Real Madrid at Atletico De Madrid

The Rumour

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s move to Stuttgart has collapsed – and Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp admits he wants to sign the Real Madrid striker.

The German side were sure they had got their man on Tuesday but Sportsmail later reported that the Holland striker was stalling to see if Arsenal and Spurs would follow up interest with attractive offers.
The 25-year-old is understood to have walked away from talks with Stuttgart, who are looking at CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love and Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko as alternatives, despite hoping that they can revive a deal with Huntelaar.

The former Ajax striker, who only joined Madrid in January, could not agree terms on a move to Germany.

He wants suitors to match his current £60,000 a week five-year deal and reports in Spain say he was also seeking a severance package.
Madrid were understandably reluctant as they were already tied to handing over £6m to Ajax from the initial £15.6m fee they had agreed with Stuttgart.
Tottenham have spent weeks in talks with Madrid about the striker and Redknapp said: ‘The lad is a very good goalscorer and I’m still interested in him.

The Source: (Daily Mail)

The Analysis

Now that Klaas has seemingly turned down a move to the Bundesliga expect a few Premier League outfits to make a sustained effort to land the Dutchman with Spurs and Arsenal appearing to be the most likely to make a big push for the Real Madrid man.

Having scored goals for fun in the relatively average Eredivisie, 144 goals in six seasons, Huntelaar finally made the big step up to La Liga but then a succession of managerial and presidential changes have left him very much surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and he will be keen to avoid sitting on the bench as he seeks to cement his place in the Dutch line-up with a World Cup looming.

Huntelaar may prefer to team up with his international strike partner Robin Van Persie at the Emirates but could also be keen on a move to their fierce rivals from White Hart Lane as Harry Redknapp makes plans to continue the club’s resurgence.

The Likelihood

Huntelaar to Spurs/Arsenal: I can see the 25 moving to the Premier League but it’s anyone’s guess who he will join, even Chelsea have expressed a desire to sign the goal machine!

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