Schalke hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is one of the deadliest forwards around, and with the Dutchman out of contract at the end of the season, he'll be free to negotiate with potential suitors in January. The German club's general manager, Horst Heldt admitted the chances of him renewing his current deal are slim, claiming the situation is 'one of the biggest problems at the club', while there will be plenty of top English sides considering an approach for the prolific striker. talkSPORT look at some potential destinations for Huntelaar in the Premier League...
The love affair between Arsenal and Dutch strikers is well documented, and with Robin Van Persie no longer at the Emirates there's room for a new hero from the Netherlands. The one area the Gunners could really do with strengthening is in their forward line and with his schooling in total football he could adapt to Arsenal's attacking style with minimal fuss. The club are known for their savvy transfer dealings too, so landing a top striker on a free would surely tempt them.
Likelihood: If Arsenal really have aspirations of competing for titles both domestically and in Europe and Huntelaar available for nothing, the striker would be a clever buy for the Gunners. Whether he could play alongside Olivier Giroud is a different question, as both like to occupy central positions, and it's unlikely the Dutchman would be happy to play a bit part from the bench.
Huntelaar scored against Arsenal in Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial, the first goal to be scored at the Emirates
With Fernando Torres continuing to look ropey in a Chelsea shirt, it looks like the Blues will dip into the transfer market for a new forward sooner rather than later. Radamel Falcao is the name hotly linked to Stamford Bridge these days, but with the Colombian likely to cost a fortune, could a move for Huntelaar be tempting? Chelsea need a prolific scorer, and with three in his first six games for Schalke this season, the Dutchman's good form continues as usual. His 48 goals in all competitions last season was a brilliant return and with Oscar, Mata and Eden Hazard around him, he would surely replicate that form in London.
Likelihood: Unless Financial Fair Play proves the sceptics wrong, Chelsea are unlikely to curtail their spending any time soon, and with the Blues clearly long-term admirers of Falcao, he'll no doubt be the player they pursue first and foremost in their search for a new striker. Huntelaar would be an intelligent signing, but not a standard Chelsea signing.
Tottenham made tentative efforts to bring a new striker in last summer, but in the end have had to settle with what they already had available to them, though Emmanuel Adebayor made his loan move permanent. Jermain Defoe is doing admirably well under Andre Villas Boas, but Spurs will need an additional forward to back up the England international and Adebayor next season. With Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon providing pace and delivery from the wing, Huntelaar would have ample opportunities created for him in front of goal, so he could flourish at White Hart Lane.
Likelihood: Daniel Levvy is an intelligent businessman, and will no doubt be aware of Huntelaar's situation. Whether the Dutchman would consider Spurs or not may depend on Tottenham qualifying for the Champions League. In any case, his compatriot Rafael van der Vaart would no doubt give the north London side a glowing reference.
48 goals in a season suggest that Tottenham could benefit from Huntelaar
Liverpool need to score more goals and that's exactly what Huntelaar does. The former Ajax forward would suit the style of football under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, and could renew the partnership he established with Luis Suarez at the Dutch club in 2007. Alongside the Uruguayan, Huntelaar scored 33 goals in 34 appearances in the 2007/08 campaign, so if they could reignite their understanding at Anfield, it would be a huge boost for Liverpool.
Likelihood: This season could prove essential to Liverpool's hopes of convincing top talent to join them in the summer. Should the Reds produce the form to suggest they'll have something to build upon next year, then it would be much easier to coax Huntelaar to Anfield. If they can do that, and get him to link up with Luis Suarez once more, Liverpool's fortunes in front of goal could change dramatically.
Could Ajax's deadly duo reunite at Anfield?
Chelsea's love affair with Radamel Falcao suggests a move for Huntelaar would be unlikely, and the uncertainty over both Liverpool and Tottenham's league positions come the end of the season make it difficult to predict the chances of him deciding to go to either club. Arsenal should manage a top four finish at the minimum this season, and with the need to add more strikers, combined with the fact that he would cost nothing, Huntelaar looks a decent shout for the Gunners. Regardless of where he ends up, the one thing that does seem certain at the moment is that he'll leave Schalke. Horst Heldt made that clear and English clubs will be lying in wait.
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