Report: Liverpool Linked with Schalke's Huntelaar

Tony Lucadamo@tonylucadamoContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of FC Schalke 04 during a training session at Emirates Stadium on October 23, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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ESPN today added to increasing speculation that FC Schalke's Klass-Jan Huntelaar will be a primary target for Brendan Rodgers in January. 

While this rumor is nothing new, previous postings were mostly the product of some of England's lesser light publications. The release from ESPN gives the rumor added substance. 

The news comes in the wake of another ESPN story which confirms that Liverpool will be bolstering the attack in a few months' time.  

Huntelaar, 29, makes a lot of sense. He is a proven goalscorer and has a history with potential strike partner Luis Suarez. The two were highly successful playing side-by-side in the Erevidisie earlier in their careers. 

The signing would not only add depth, but would also give the Reds the opportunity to move Suarez onto the wing—a position many feel is better suited for him. 

Critics cite the striker's age as a negative. However, with his contract up in the summer, the same source believes a cut-price fee of £6 million is possible. 

The story remains speculation at this point. Yet its recurrence seems to hint at the fact that it may be picking up steam.