It seems that one of Newcastle’s striker targets in the summer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, may also be interesting Liverpool.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel – 22 year old has goal every two games for Utrecht
The 22 year-old FC Utrecht striker has been linked with Newcastle since last summer, but it’s not known if he is a real target for Alan Pardew this summer.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to bring in a number of players to reinforce the Newcastle squad this summer, and it seems like top players already at the club, like Joey Barton, Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez want to see whether Newcastle are going to spend the £35M they got from the Andy Carroll sale, before they will commit to long term contracts on Tyneside.
Liverpool and former Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish is said to have as much as £50M for summer transfer funds from the new American owners, New England Sports Ventures, and could be in for the Dutch striker.
The player’s representative has said this about the Newcastle and Liverpool interest, and the current state of the potential transfer of the Woudenberg-born player:
“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.”.
“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 finalized yet”
Van Wolfswinkel has only just returned from injury, and the Dutchman seems in great demand with Tottenham also said to be interested in signing the player, in addition to Newcastle and Liverpool.
The 6’1″ Dutchman is said to be the next Van Basten, and we wonder what transfer fee the youngster will command in the summer.
He started his career back in 2003 with Vitesse before joining Utrecht in 2009, when he signed a three year deal, which runs out a year come June.
Rick played 35 times for Vitesse with 8 goals and has so far played 66 times for Utrecht scoring an amazing 32 goals, and Newcastle were first interested in this player last summer, when Chris Hughton was still managing the Newcastle club.
Van Wolfswinkel was called up for the senior national team for a friendly against the Ukraine last August, and made his debut in that game for the full Dutch side.