Liverpool in deadline day fight for Dutch international

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Liverpool face competition on deadline day in the race to sign Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

The 21-year-old striker, who can also play as an attacking midfielder, has been linked with a string of clubs in the past month, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson one of the favourites to bring the player to the Premier League.

However, the Daily Mail reports that Newcastle have joined the Reds in the chase for Van Wolfswinkel. Dutch sources suggest that the Toon have been monitoring the FC Utrecht hitman over the past fortnight, seeing the player score a vital hat-trick against Celtic in the Europa League.

The Merseyside outfit reportedly sent scouts to watch the player against Willem II, and were suitably impressed by the youngsters overall performance. 

Touted as a star of the future in Holland, Van Wolfswinkel made the Eredivisie switch from Vitesse to Utrecht in 2009 on a free transfer. He has since flourished at the Stadion Galgenwaard, with 12 goals in nine appearances already this season. Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are also thought to be keen on the player.

At international level, the versatile youngster has represented his country at various levels before making his senior debut against Ukraine earlier this month.

The Daily Mirror reported last week that Newcastle were set to bid £8 million for the player, but the Dutch side were apparently expecting a bid from the Anfield club prior to the Magpies interest.

With less than 24 hours until the close of the transfer window, both sides face a battle if they want to land Van Wolfswinkel on deadline day.

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