Saturday, September 08, 2012

Liverpool Likely To Shelve Interest In Dutch Strike Star

Liverpool could shelve their interest in free-scoring Dutchman Ricky van Wolfswinkel after the player's agent confirmed the striker's intention to extend his stay at Sporting Lisbon.

Louis Laros, Van Wolfswinkel's representative, has revealed that plans are in place to renegotiate his client's contract at Sporting later this month.

"Sporting wants to renew and Ricky is happy. Everyone is willing to talk," Laros is quoted as saying in Portuguese newspaper Record.

Van Wolfswinkel, 23, is keen to increase his salary in recognition of his stellar debut campaign in Portugal, where he scored 25 goals.

Sporting, too, are anxious to extend the length of his contract by one or two years - his current deal expires in 2016 - and they will up his minimum fee release clause to €30m in order to fend off interest from several English clubs, most notably Liverpool.

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