Southampton keen on January move for Liverpool cult hero - report

Dirk Kuyt

Former Liverpool ace Dirk Kuyt could be in line for a return to the Premier League in January, with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman keen to add the Fenerbahce forward to his squad.

After seeing Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all leave for Anfield this summer, Southampton are now reported to be keen on adding a former Liverpool stalwart to their ranks.

According to Eurosport Turkey, Saints manager Ronald Koeman wants to bring fellow Dutchman Dirk Kuyt back to the Premier League in the January transfer window, as he faces the prospect of losing Senegalese winger Sadio Mane to the African Cup of Nations.

Kuyt, 34, has also been linked with a return to former club Feyenoord in recent weeks, who he almost re-joined from Liverpool in 2012 when Koeman was still in charge, before instead deciding to sign for Fenerbahce.

The three-time World Cup veteran, who called time on his international career last month after scoring 24 goals in 104 appearances, is out of contract in Istanbul at the end of the season, and the Turkish outfit could thus opt to cash in on his services in the winter.

A prolific striker during the early stages of his career in Eredivisie, Kuyt’s £9 million move to Liverpool in August 2006 would see him reinvent himself over the next six seasons as a versatile option, capable of filling a number of different roles thanks to his work-ethic and football nous.

That trait was outlined in Brazil this summer, when ex-boss national team boss Louis van Gaal opted to use him at both right and left wing-back, as well as at centre-forward, during the side's commendable run to a third-place finish.

A move to Old Trafford to reunite with Van Gaal was also rumoured at one stage, but a deal never materialised.

Having netted 71 times in 285 matches for Liverpool, Kuyt has enjoyed a successful spell at Fenerbahce since joining the club in June 2012 for just €1 million, scoring 27 goals in 100 total appearances, while winning the Super Lig title in 2014 and the Turkish Cup in 2013.

With Shane Long misfiring and Jay Rodriguez still a few months away from returning to first-team action, he could provide an experienced head to take the pressure off Italian front man Graziano Pelle, as well as filling in elsewhere when required.

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