Report: Liverpool to Battle Newcastle for Ricky van Wolfswinkel in Summer

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While Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll have settled well at Anfield, it remains general consensus that Liverpool would do well to add an additional forward in the summer to increase the squad’s versatility and depth.

Now, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, a previous Liverpool target, looks likely to fill that void, as his agent has confirmed that Liverpool has maintained interest even after the January window.

A January move to Anfield seemed a distinct possibility for the 22-year-old Utrecht star, but such was derailed by an injury that kept him out of action from December to February.

Newcastle, holding a £35 million war chest following the sale of Carroll, is also confirmed to be interested in van Wolfswinkel. Neither club, however, has made anything official.

“There is nothing in place yet regarding a transfer for Ricky [Van Wolfswinkel]. 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.” agent Louis Laros told Sport.co.uk.

“We are still working towards a move this summer but I have nothing finalised yet.

“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.

“If there was the possibility of the Premier League, Ricky would love it. But obviously we must respect the club and what they want to do in the summer. Ricky is still young and he wants to better himself, so if a club offers him a deal he will look at it. But it depends on the club, the manager, and the ambitions of the club.”

Harry Redknapp is also reportedly a fan of van Wolfswinkel’s.

The “Next van Basten” has scored 23 times in 43 appearances this season.

See his highlights below.

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