Anfield side chase Bundesliga hot-shot.
Premiership sides Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as top contenders for the signature of Schalke 04 striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar who has found it difficult not to find the net since arriving at the Bundesliga club.
Liverpool are still keen to add a striker to their squad but are not looking to splash out too much after spending over £50m on Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez last January. Whilst goals have not been an immediate concern at Anfield there is still some hesitancy that an injury to either of their strikers could result in a drought, something that will not be wanted as they head into the second half of the season.
Schalke are keeping quiet on the situation at the moment although it is believed that offers around £15m for the Dutchman should be enough to tempt the Budesliga club into selling. The player may decide to wait until the end of the season though to discover which, if any, of the sides make it through to the Champions League.
Whilst clearly Liverpool are planning for the long term and looking to bring in youthful additions to their squad to help build for a bright Anfield future but there has surely got to be a plan for today as well as tomorrow?
Kenny Dalglish realises how crucial it is to nab a top four finish and their current attacking options are simply not getting the job done. 18 goals in 15 Premier League games is a very poor return, especially when you factor in how much money the club has spent in that area over the past year.
Liverpool could well do with bringing in an in form goal-scorer who can work well alongside Luis Suarez, a player with experience and one that wouldn’t cost the earth, which is important given the £100m+ the club has spent on new players in 2011. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar may well be the perfect fit.
The 28 year old Schalke man can simply not stop scoring. Not only has he netted an incredible 25 goals in 24 games for his club he also finished the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as top scorer with an astonishing 12 goals for his native Holland.
Whilst it may prove tricky to convince the former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan star to leave Germany, especially as Schalke are challenging for the Bundesliga title, making an offer would never hurt. Also the Dutch goal machine has stated in the past his interest in trying Premier League football.