After missing out on Dutch international Luuk de Jong to Borussia Monchengladbach, Newcastle United are now in the market for another Dutch striker in the shape of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
According to TribalFootball.com, Newcastle are one of a number of European clubs queuing up for Huntelaar, with Bundesliga club Schalke happy to let the 28-year-old leave for the right price.
As you’d expect for a player of his calibre, the competition will be fierce for the Dutchman, with Premier League duo Liverpool and Chelsea also thought to be interested, alongside the likes of Serie A champions Juventus.
Klaas-Jan’s contract runs for a couple more seasons but a new deal is being discussed as the Hunter currently has a release clause in his contract.
Last month Schalke general manager Horst Heldt told German newspaper Bild: “’Huntelaar does have a €20 million buyout clause, and the rich club can afford it”
20 million Euros would work out in the region of £15.5m, which may be a bit steep for Newcastle but is a fee in the same region as the one being reported for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.
Huntelaar’s record was as good as anyone in European football last season, as he netted 29 goals in 32 Bundesliga games for German club Schalke.
While Huntelaar has completed spells in Holland, Spain, Italy and now Germany, the Dutchman is yet to play in the Premier League, so are Newcastle the club to bring the Hunter to English football?