Tottenham & Liverpool striker target close to new contract

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Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel's agent has cooled ongoing speculation linking him with moves to Tottenham and Liverpool by revealing his client is close to signing a new deal in Portugal, reports Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old Dutchman has scored 29 goals in 53 matches since arriving from Eredivisie outfit FC Utrecht in June 2011, and has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be considering an attempt to lure Van Wolfswinkel to White Hart Lane in January, but could face competition from Brendan Rodgers, who is known to be in the market for attacking reinforcements at Anfield in the New Year.

However, both Liverpool and Tottenham's hopes of securing the Lisbon star's signature have been dealt a significant blow, after his representative Louis Laros, said the forward is close to extending his stay at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

"The conversations with Sporting's directors are very advanced and I expect news in the next few weeks," he told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.

And, when asked about interest from other clubs, and whether or not Van Wolfswinkel could be on the move in the forthcoming transfer window, Laros added: "Yes. There are always clubs asking about the footballer but Ricky is happy in Lisbon and at Sporting.

"He has still not fulfilled the challenges at Sporting and it is his desire to follow them.

"For that reason we are working on a new deal. It is practically impossible he leaves in the January market."

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