Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had heart set on Liverpool transfer

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Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had his heart set on a Liverpool transfer during the summer window despite additional interest from north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Dutch Publication Voetbal International the 31-year-old is ready to quit the Bundesliga in favour of a switch to the Premier League, and is stalling over signing a new contract at the Veltins-Arena with his current deal expiring next year.

The Daily Express reported earlier this week that Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino all remain interested in the talented Holland international and will each be able to open talks with the player over a Bosman free move next summer when the transfer window reopens in January.

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Will he stay or will he go?

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies is hopeful of convincing Huntelaar to change his mind and commit his future to Jens Keller's side, but admitted his situation is uncertain at this moment.

"It is our desire to tie him to the end of his career," he explained, with quotes translated by Sport Witness. "But Klaas considers whether or not he wants that, or that he wants to do something else."

General manager Horst Heldt was significantly more forthright in his belief that the player will agree new terms, but that could just be an attempt to ward off interest from the striker's suitors.

"There are no talks, but we will in the coming weeks talk to his management and determine a plan of action determined, both parties have in principle agreed to extend," he said.

Proven goalscorer

With 92 goals in just 140 appearances it's clear why Schalke are determined to retain Huntelaar's services, but the fact they also want him to take a pay cut from his existing €7 million salary could have a significant impact on their chances of agreeing a renewal with the player unsurprisingly reluctant to do so, particularly given the high interest in his signature.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan star would be a value-for-money acquisition for Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool next summer, especially when you consider his experience playing at the top level.

Invaluable experience

Huntelaar also has 65 international caps to his name, so it's no surprise he is attracting widespread transfer interest after entering the final 12 months of his contract.

White Hart Lane would perhaps seem like the most suitable destination given the lack of central striker options currently playing at Spurs, after Arsenal and Liverpool both recruited in that area during the summer with Danny Welbeck moving to the Emirates and Mario Balotelli heading to Anfield.

However, depending on how each of those new signings perform between now and the New Year, all three suitors could be back vying for Huntelaar's signature in a few months time.

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