Tottenham Plan £21.8m January Bid for Dutch International Goal Machine

White Hart Lane boss keen on in form striker.

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will reportedly look to lure Schalke striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar to White Hart Lane in January as he looks to improve the club’s attacking options. The Dutch international has made an astonishing start to the season, netting 12 goals from six games in all competitions for his Bundesliga side.

Redknapp had hoped to bring in a new striker during the summer transfer window but failed in his attempts to land a number of big name players and had to settle for snapping up Man City’s Emmanuel Adebayor on a season long loan deal. However the North London club offloaded two of their striking quartet with Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch leaving for LA Galaxy and Stoke City respectively, leaving Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko sharing the attacking load with the Togo international.

Schalke reportedly had a number of approaches for a player they value at around €25m (£21.8m) and Tottenham will reportedly be able to make such a bid having offloaded a number of players during the summer whilst not using much of the funds from the sales of the aforementioned Keane and Crouch as well as the money raised from the departures of Jamie O’Hara, Wilson Palacios and Alan Hutton as well as loaning out Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley.

Huntelaar had an up and down time of it at both Real Madrid and AC Milan where he fell foul to change of managers at both the Bernabeu and the San Siro. In his first season in Germany he got back into gear, scoring 13 goals and forming a solid partnership with Spanish legend Raul. This term he has been scoring goals for fun and is also the top scorer in Euro 2012 qualifying with ten goals from seven matches.

The Dutchman is a lethal predatory finisher on his day and would be more amenable to a Premier League move if Schalke once again struggle to make an impact in the Bundesliga after last term managing a poor 14th place finish.

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