Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s contract situation has put a host of Premier League clubs on alert ahead of a potential January switch, according to the Daily Mail.
Huntelaar has been stalling on extending his current deal with the Bundesliga outfit since the summer and unless an agreement is reached is able to walk away on a free transfer in the summer.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for the Dutch international in recent months, while Italian champions Juventus are also believed to be monitoring developments.
Schalke's general manager Horst Heldt remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached with the 29-year-old, but admits that a swift resolution will come to pass if nothing is agreed before the January transfer window shuts.
“I have had the feeling Klaas-Jan can’t decide at this stage and I will give him the time he needs,” he told Sport 1.
“My goal is to persuade him to stay at Schalke and to extend his contract.
“We will resume the talks in December, January at the latest, and then I expect a quick decision,” he added.
Tottenham appear short of striking options and could be ready to make a move in January, especially if reports over the weekend of Emmanuel Adebayor’s discontent at White Hart Lane prove to be true.
Manchester United signed Huntelaar’s international team-mate Robin van Persie over the summer and appear well stocked in the forward department, although if Red Devils forward Javier Hernandez leaves a space may open up.
Huntelaar will have the chance to leave a lasting impression on English opposition when he lines up for Schalke against Arsenal in the Champions League this week – and the Dutch striker says he is targeting victory at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
“We want to win at the Emirates,” he said. “After dropping two points against Montpellier in the last match, we want a point as a minimum.
"We have to close down the spaces and keep it tight between midfield and defence.
"We have to stop not only Lukas Podolski but also their marvellous midfield.
"That's our first task and the second task is to play aggressively defensively and offensively like we did in the 2-1 win at Dortmund (on Saturday)."