No deadline day bid from Arsenal for international striker, Bundesliga club confirm

Klass Jan Huntelaar Netherlands

Despite rumours that Arsenal were poised to make a deadline day swoop for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke have revealed that they received no bids.

The Gunners were urged by their fans to sign a striker after seeing Frenchman Olivier Giroud suffer a broken ankle against Everton, which could see him ruled out until the start of 2015. His compatriot Yaya Sanogo was handed the chance to impress against Leicester, but turned in an abject display as Arsenal couldn't take their chances in a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Just a day later, Arsenal had splashed the cash on Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck. The 23-year-old England international had been pushed even further down the pecking order at Old Trafford by the arrival of Colombian hitman Falcao, and took the decision to seek first team football at the Emirates Stadium instead, completing a £16m move.

The Welbeck deal had been talked about during the evening and through the night until its completion, with some suggesting that it would initially be a loan deal. Whilst all that was going on, there were reports in Germany that Arsenal had looked a deal to sign Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in a £12.5m swoop.

The 31-year-old Dutch international has played for some of the world's biggest clubs in Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan, but has yet to play in the Premier League. With a career record of 279 goals in 435 domestic games, it's no surprise to see Huntelaar being linked with a move to England - but Schalke general manager Horst Heldt says that the Gelsenkirchen-based side didn't receive any bids to take the striker away from the Bundesliga.

"There was no approach from Arsenal or from any other club," Heldt said. "Klaas-Jan is part of Schalke's core. We can definitely see him sign a contract renewal here. He is a great player, an absolute modern professional. He's always hungry for success and wants to achieve his goals."

With that, it may be that we never get to see Huntelaar and his predatory instincts in the Premier League. However, with Welbeck possessing bags of untapped potential, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may not be too fussed that Schalke want to keep Huntelaar.

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