New twist in Liverpool pursuit of Dutch hotshot

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Liverpool will attempt to sign Dutch marksman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on a season-long loan, according to reports.

The AC Milan striker has been at the centre of growing speculation surrounding his future this week after he was reportedly spotted at Manchester airport.

He has since been linked with a move to Anfield as part of a swap deal - with Ryan Babel moving in the opposite direction - and the latest development suggests that Roy Hodgson will attempt to sign the former Ajax marksman on the cheap.

The Sun reports that Liverpool are put off by the 26-year-old’s £14 million price-tag, so would prefer to temporarily secure his services with a view to a permanent move. And, despite a loan arrangement still likely to cost the Reds in excess of £2 million, this scenario is understood to remain a possibility.

Milan have made it clear that Huntelaar is free to leave the San Siro for the right price, and the Holland international believes that it is in his best interests to move elsewhere after failing to hold down a starting berth.

"The truth is I want to play football - I don't want to be just sitting on the bench - so we will see what happens," he said earlier this week.

"Of course, the Champions League is important and every player wants to play there but the most important thing for me is simply to play. That is the number one priority."

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