Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Spurs are linked with Liverpool target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Tottenham Hotspur have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar this January, according the Independent.
The Dutchman is one of the most prolific strikers in Europe – with career stats of 254 goals in 389 games testament to this – and the former AC Milan and Real Madrid man proved his worth again with a clinical strike during a 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates a fortnight ago.
However, Schalke have allowed him to enter the final year of his contract and discussions over an extension have been postponed until early December, with Huntelaar showing no signs he’s ready to commit his long-term future to the Bundesliga outfit.
Schalke are still hopeful they can persuade Huntelaar to stay but if fresh terms aren’t agreed by January, the player will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club. The German’s are keen to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season and the Independent claim he could be available for just £7m when the transfer window re-opens.
There are question marks over the future of Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor but even if the Togo international does stay at White Hart Lane, he will be off to the African Cup of Nations in January leaving Andre Villas-Boas heavily reliant on Jermaine Defoe up front.
Daniel Levy doesn’t usually consider buying players with little sell-on value and at 29-years-old, it’s unlikely Spurs would be able to see a return on any investment made in Huntelaar, but this hasn’t detracted the Spurs supremo from renewing his interest in the goal-scoring Dutchman after previously looking at him in 2009 and 2010.
However, Spurs will face stiff competition from Liverpool with Brendan Rodgers desperate to land Huntelaar as a partner for Luis Suarez at Anfield.
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