The FC Utrecht striker is a summer transfer target for Newcastle Untied and Liverpool according to player’s representative, while Tottenham Hotspur are also rumoured to be monitoring the Dutch starlet.
“There is nothing in place yet regarding a transfer for Ricky. At this moment there is no update. He has returned to action and has scored a couple of times, and is coming back well from injury. We are still working towards a move this summer but I have nothing finalised yet”.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is reported to have all of the £35 million available from the Andy Carroll transfer to spend and a new forward is the first priority. However Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish looks set to rival any bid the Geordies make with a reported £50 million transfer budget proposed in the summer.
The player’s representative revealed he was informed that Newcastle Untied and Liverpool would continue to monitor the player until the end of the season. He said:
“I have not spoken to either club in the past three weeks. In the winter break both clubs told me they would follow him and keep an eye on him. In the next coming months we will see, so I will wait for contact.”.
Van Wolfswinkel, a regular starter for the Dutch under-21s was recently capped at full international level and is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest young talents having been closely watched by the continent’s top clubs since making his debut for Vitesse Arnhem in 2008.
The striker has since moved to FC Utrecht where he has established himself as the club’s leading front-man and helped them to a seventh place Eredivisie finish. The striker has scored 17 goals in his last 24 appearances in all competitions.
Liverpool’s new Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli highlighted the Dutchman as a great prospect for the future, and it was thought former manager Hodgson would make a move for the player in January, while Newcastle United have also been confirmed as monitoring the striker since Chris Hughton was manager.
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