Were you getting sick of hearing the name Klaas Jan Huntelaar over the last six months. Well you could not have been blamed if you were. The Dutch striker was a regular mention when it came to transfer comings and goings since the summer. Considering his incredible time at Schalke you can see why. ‘The Hunter’ banged in the goals during his time in Germany putting behind him what were classed as disappointing stints at Real Madrid and AC Milan (on paper those spells were in fact more prosperous than you may have been led to believe).
Add to that his incredible record in the Eredivisie at Ajax and supreme goalscoring antics for the Dutch national side and the striker was understandably in demand.
The key catalyst to the sudden surge in his stock in 2012 however was his contract situation with the Bundesliga side; his contract was coming toward its expiry in the summer of 2013 making him a target for a free transfer.
The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Inter Milan were all roped into the rumour mill as reportedly holding a vested interest in the talent as a consequence and a move to Arsenal even looked very likely; at least for a couple of days anyway.
In the end however nothing came of it; Huntelaar signed a two-year contract extension at the Gelsenkirchen to quash all potential rumours of his imminent departure and Premier League arrival.
Relief right? We will not have to see his name alongside the other perpetual gossip column inhabitants for the foreseeable future.
Just when you thought we had escaped the clutches of Huntelaar fever it has emerged he has a reasonable release clause in his contract of £12 million. While that may seem pricy when you take a close look at his credentials you begin to see what a bargain that truly is.
No doubt then that we will soon be inundated with Huntelaar rumours again within the next six months; in fact I would guarantee it.
The idea that a player of Huntelaar’s class who has played in Italy, Spain and Germany since leaving his homeland of Holland not one day featuring in the Premier League doesn’t make sense to us. Why would he NOT want to play in the Premier League?
It is a bit of an injustice we have not been given the opportunity to see him play regularly in the UK but rest assured; the rumours that he one day might are ready to persist.
Will Klaas Jan Huntelaar ever play in the Premier League?
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