Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Oosterveer denies EPL move for Huntelaar; Fulham win the race for Baba

Holland international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has not reached an agreement to join an unnamed English Premier League club when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to the Dutchman’s representative Arnoldus Oosterveer.

Huntelaar, 29, has been scoring goals, goals and more goals for Schalke 04 over the past two seasons. The former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker bagged a career-best 47 goals in 54 appearances for club and country last term.

In addition, Huntelaar has tallied 12 goals and five assists in 26 appearances for both club, Schalke 04, and country, Holland, this season. As a result, he remains a hot commodity at the moment, and rightfully so.

“There is no agreement with any English club and Klaas has not yet decided anything about his future,” Oosterveer told calciomercato.it.

“He has not decided if he wants to play in Italy, Spain, England or stay in Germany. He is planning his future in the winter.”

Despite the reported interest of many of Europe’s top football clubs, Huntelaar could still sign an extension at Schalke 04.

Regarding a potential contract extension at the Veltins-Arena, Oosterveer added: “Currently no hypothesis is rejected because in football you never know. So you [will] have to wait to know Huntelaar’s future.”

Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the Schalke 04 talisman in recent weeks. Keep in mind that the Dutchman’s current contract with Schalke 04 runs out in June 2013.

Fulham win the race for Baba

Fulham have beaten out the likes of Celtic, Sunderland and Manchester United in the race for the signature of 16-year-old Irish defender Noe Baba, the Daily Mail understands.

According to reports, 16 clubs were chasing the Irish teenage starlet, but the staff at Fulham — consisting of Malcolm Elias, Steve Wigley, Huw Jennings and Stewart Henderson — influenced his decision to choose Craven Cottage as his next football home.

Elias, Wigley, Jennings and Henderson were part of Southampton’s infamous youth system, with the quartet having played an integral part in the development of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in recent years.

Baba, a Republic of Ireland Under-19 international, is a versatile defender, with the ability to play centre-back, full-back or defensive midfield.

He became the first African-born player to captain an Irish team when he became the skipper of the Ireland Under-17s.

Fulham are expected to finalise the details of the deal on Thursday, with Baba, who has already passed a medical and agreed to terms on a new contract, expected to join the club for a fee of £130,000 in January.


Shawn Etemadi



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