Luuk de Jong has dropped the clearest hint yet he could be ready to leave Twente this summer after admitting he would be willing to listen to any ‘interesting ‘ offers from potential suitors.
The Liverpool transfer target has impressed this season, scoring 25 goals in 33 games and catching the attention of a number of top European clubs in the process.
The Reds are reportedly keen on securing De Jong - who they believe at around €15 million represents good value - with former England boss and current Twente coach Steve McLaren describing the 21-year-old as ‘perfect’ for the Premier League .
Liverpool may have to fight off some of Europe's leading clubs for his signature, but their hopes of landing the in-form forward were boosted after he revealed he was ready to leave the Eredivisie for pastures new.
“I’m certainly not necessarily gone, but if something interesting comes up, I will either go there or I’ll be having a think about it”, the youngster told De Telegraaf when quizzed about his future.
“I feel ready to take the next step, to do well when the opportunity arises, because I’ve developed well.
“Some opportunities should be grabbed when they come.”
Twente’s failure to secure Champions League football may hasten his exit, although Liverpool’s absence from the competition may conspire against them in their pursuit of the talented youngster.
While Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish may have to persuade the club’s American owners to part ways with more cash despite the lack of a real return on their £100 million investment in players over the past 18 months, the Reds are said to be increasingly confident they can get the deal done this summer.