Spurs warned against Huntelaar offer by Schalke

Tottenham Hotspur have been told to forget about making an offer for Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after the German club revealed they will not sell the Netherlands international this summer, ESPN have reported.

Manchester United were also linked to a move for the former Real Madrid and Milan player, but Schalke’s general manager said the club would resist temptation to sell, adding: “If we want quality, then we have got to push ourselves to the pain barrier.” However, ESPN add that Huntelaar’s Schalke deal expires in 2013 and his current contract is thought to contain a release clause that can be activated by a bid of over €20m.

Huntelaar joined Schalke in 2010 after a year in Serie A with Milan and six months with Madrid in La Liga. Prior to moving to Spain, Huntelaar played for Dutch giants Ajax, moving to the club from Heerenveen in 2006.

This season Huntelaar has netted 29 goals in 32 games for his club, and has been on target a further five times for Holland, including scoring against England at Wembley in a 3-2 defeat for the Three Lions.

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