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Schalke have played down suggestions they could be prepared to transfer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Manchester United reports

The 28-year-old Dutch international has ten league goals to his name already this term, but remains under contract with the Bundesliga club until 2013.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-term admirer of Huntelaar, and has been linked with a move for the former Real Madrid striker - with suggestions that Dimitar Berbatov could leave Old Trafford in the opposite direction.

Ferguson already has rich striking options at Manchester United with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, and Michael Owen to choose from in addition to the aforementioned Berbatov.

But he could freshen up his attacking options by approaching Schalke about the availability of Huntelaar - who is believed to have release clause of £17.1million.

However, general manager Horst Heldt has played down reports he could move to Old Trafford, or anywhere else, as Schalke have no desire to cash in anytime soon.

"Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is under contract at Schalke and he is a first-team regular at our club," Heldt told BILD. "We have no ambition to transfer him.

"He is showing top standard performances this season and it is pretty much usual those performances are getting noticed by top-quality clubs.

"At this moment we have not received any offer for the services of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from any club."

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