Huntelaar contract impasse alerts Liverpool boss Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is sizing up a move for Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after the Netherlands international stalled on talks with the Bundesliga club on a new contract, potentially opening the way for a move to the Premier League with Liverpool, the Daily Mail has reported.
Rodgers’ desire to sign a striker in the January transfer window has been well-documented but Liverpool’s paucity in the position was thrown into sharp focus by the injury to Fabio Borini, who suffered a fractured foot while on international duty. The Italian’s injury has left Luis Suarez as Rodgers’ only senior centre-forward.
Huntelaar’s current deal expires next summer and the 29-year-old would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool in January, but it has been suggested that the Reds could capitalise on Schalke’s desire to avoid losing the striker for free by offering a low sum reflective of Huntelaar’s contractual status.
Formerly of Milan, Real Madrid and Ajax, Huntelaar has scored more than 250 goals in his club career in less than 400 games, as well as scoring more than 30 goals for his country since making his debut against the Republic of Ireland in 2006.
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