Report - Rodgers and Pochettino 'desperate' to sign Huntelaar

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly very keen on a £3 million deal for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

FC Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is reportedly available this January for a fee of around £3 million.

The Express claims Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal for the Dutch forward with the latter of those two options seemingly ‘desperate’ to get their hands on the ex-Real Madrid man.

“The Holland international is out of contract at the end of the season and, despite Schalke's desire to keep him, seems unlikely to pen a new deal with the Germans,” reports the Express.

“However, Arsene Wenger is not the only manager chasing his signature, with both Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino also desperate to land the hitman.”

Arsenal’s interest is doubtful because of the fact Arsene Wenger signed Danny Welbeck in a £16 million deal from Manchester United on the final day of the summer transfer window.

That clears the path for Rodgers and Pochettino to try and ease that reported desperation, with Tottenham arguably having the edge.

Rodgers made a big statement when he went after Mario Balotelli during the summer and although the Italian his struggled to find his goalscoring form, Liverpool are unlikely to overlook him so shortly after signing him.

On the other hand, Tottenham didn’t sign a striker during the summer transfer window and that puts them in pole position if all three clubs are interested heading into the winter.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane have provided Pochettino with good and different options up front, but none of the forwards have been able to nail down the number nine slot, making it their own.

If, and it’s a big if, Schalke are open to a £3 million deal, that’s a fee that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy shouldn’t have a problem with the club paying in the middle of the season.

It’s now over to Tottenham’s attacking trio to prove to their boss that he doesn’t need to add to the attack of the team this winter.

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