Liverpool eye deal for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as Suarez replacement

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Liverpool have identified Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as the man to replace Luis Suarez this summer - although they could face competition from Arsenal according to reports in Holland.

Suarez is being heavily linked with a switch to Spain, with Barcelona seemingly his destination. The Catalan club may have to pay up to £80 million for his services, but with Suarez issuing a public apology for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup which will cause him to miss the start of the season, the deal looks to be going ahead.

Liverpool transfer fight

Liverpool fought tooth-and-nail to keep Suarez form the clutches of Arsenal last summer, but according to Dutch source Voetbal International they are ready to concede defeat and have already started looking at alternatives.

They claim that the man to fill the Uruguayan's boots could be Huntelaar, who only has one year left on his current contract in Germany with Shalke.

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Previous interest

The 30-year-old is currently away with the Dutch squad at the World Cup, and came off the substitutes bench against Mexico in the last-16 to score the winning penalty and send his country through to the quarter-finals.

Voetbal International claim that Liverpool were previously close to a deal for Huntelaar in 2012, but the striker opted to stay in Germany and the Reds ended up landing Andy Carroll. 

Arsenal opposition

If Liverpool do make a move for Huntelaar, they are likely to face competition from Arsenal, who are in the market for a striker this summer. They've been linked with a move for AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli - although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the speculation is false.

A move for Huntelaar may be a shrewd move for Arsenal given that he is likely to be available on the cheap as his deal runs down, and he's been linked with a move to the Gunners before. 

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