Liverpool tracking Dutch hitman - but no call


FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong is being tracked by both Liverpool and Newcastle United, according to the player's agent.

The 21-year-old Dutch international was linked with a switch to the Barclays Premier League in the summer, and has again be placed on the English radar this month after admitting a move to the English top flight would be a 'dream'.

However, agent Louis Laros has played down talk of an imminent move, suggesting the Eredivisie outfit - managed by former England boss Steve McClaren - wouldn't be interested in selling the player.

"I don't think a transfer is possible [to Liverpool or Newcastle] because I don't think FC Twente will let him leave in the winter transfer period. If there is a possible transfer then I think it is at the end of the season," Laros told IBTimes UK.

"I haven't received a phone call from Liverpool or Newcastle that they are completely interested in Luuk de Jong. For this moment, I think it is just a rumour.

"I know they are watching him but I have had no direct contact with both clubs over a possible transfer."

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has been linked with a number of strikers recently following the FA ban handed down to Luis Suarez and a lack of form for £35 million signing Andy Carroll.

Wilfried Zaha, Nikica Jelavic and Darren Bent have all speculatively been placed on the Anfield radar in recent weeks, although 'King Kenny' is the only one to truly know who the Reds want to bring in on Merseyside in the next 20 days.

As for Newcastle United, they too have been linked with a handful of forwards after top-scorer Demba Ba left St. James' Park for the African Cup of Nations.

Mevlut Erdinc, Modibo Maiga and former hitman Carroll have all been linked with the Magpies, who have been impressive in the Barclays Premier League so far this season.

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