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Could the 'Hunt` Be On?

The momentum in the Huntelaar rumours seem to be gathering pace with alarming speed, and Ajax`s recent signing of 19 year old striking sensation Miralem Sulejmani for an estimated 12.8M only acts to support this theory.

No doubt Huntelaar will have alot of admirers; and regardless of whether you rate him as a player or not, he is sure to be hot property should he become available. We have already learned recently that Ferguson has few transfer targets on his mind, and coupled with earlier quotes from the gaffer that we are in for an "experienced striker", could one presume that Huntelaar - with 70 goals in his 82 Ajax appearances and 8 in 13 for his country - perhaps is that player.

Scouring the internet I also stumbled across quotes attributed to the player that seem to suggest that the player himself would be keen to move to Old Trafford.

"I love clubs with great history like Ajax. I also love United. It`s a club that makes me dream, especially as Ruud van Nistelrooy played there and did great things with them. I know certain English clubs are following me, like Manchester United, who are very interested in me."

Whether these quotes can be held up as undeniable proof that Huntelaar is on his way, no-one knows. But, I can`t help but feel a shift in momentum from both fans and the media away from Berbatov and towards the 24-year old. One could also look to the recent sponsorship deal he signed with Nike, replacing the one he held with Ajax shirt manufactures Adidas as proof he is on his way out...but perhaps this is clutching at straws.

There are pros and cons of this transfer, of course. On the upside he has age on his side and at 24 he has no doubt alot still to give, whereas Berbatov you could argue is at his peak. In addition, he is sure to cost less than the 30M onwards that Spurs are asking for Berbatov. Also, no one can doubt the boy needs a change, his goal to game ratio is stunning and now surely is the time for a new challenge.

On the downside we must remember this is the DUTCH league we are talking about, a league which has thrown up many a false hope - none more so than Dirk Kuyt; who lest we forget was a goal-getting king whilst in the Eredivisie...something he has failed to bring with him to the Premiership. Also, he seems to be in a similar mould to RVN - who despite being an awesome player for us DID affect our style of play - evident in the way we have performed in the years following his departure.

Indeed, at the moment this is just pure speculation, but being the situation it is - we are somewhat forced to feed on scrapings and rumours. I for one have my doubts about Huntelaar, but perhaps this is blinded by my sheer admiration for Berbatov. But for now we must surely wait and see......

....but in the meantime, have YOUR say. Are you a fan of Huntelaar? Would it be a good singing?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: United4Life  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 5 2008

Time: 1:14PM

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Get Him and sell saha to Roma, he'll gives us another dimension to our attack also we should keep Fraizer Campbell and send Danny Welbeck on loan
Lil Carlitos
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05/07/2008 15:45:00

I would have Berbatov over huntelaar but if United were offers Berbatov for 30m or Huntelaar for 15m, i would say Huntelaar is the better option
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05/07/2008 16:01:00

Transfer rumors are "peaking" this time of year...thats for sure... I say go for berbatov instead of Huntelaar. We'll be predictable and slow with the later. Plus, berbatov has proven himself in the premierleague, which i think is the most important factor of all.
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05/07/2008 17:39:00

Cause if you think about it, even when an english team buys the most talanted player in the world, the main question is always the same... Can he cope with the EPL? Berba definately can... or santa cruz!
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05/07/2008 17:41:00

weve just done the double! f*&$ it sell saha and get them both hehe! while ive always liked saha, we are a team that wins things, we shouldn't be gambling on injury prone players we need reliability, consistencey and depth. i've followed huntelaar for the past 3 years and seriously he's ready for the step up. spurs gambled and took the initiative to sign berbatov while we let them and look at us now trying to prize their star player away. ajax are reknown for being a feeder club of class players and klaas is no exception, he's quite humble and im sure he'd wear the united shirt with pride.
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05/07/2008 19:38:00

And another positive thing about signing huntelaar would be that we (well i) already have a chant for him...........UH AH HUNTELAAR, UH AH HUNTELAAR, UH AH HUNTELAAR, UH AH HUNTELAAR lol sound familiar ;)
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05/07/2008 21:40:00

Could I just say that I had these quotes on here since 1.14pm....quite a while beofre Sky Sports ort any other newsnow network got them. Lol, just felt liek patting myself on the back a bit! :)
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05/07/2008 22:04:00

Either would be a great signing, but wouldn't tying Tevez to a proper contract be a more sensible first step?
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05/07/2008 22:06:00

how much does Tevez want anyway?
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05/07/2008 22:20:00

ALEXPANT- Are you implying Berba is quicker than Huntelaar? Berba is the laziest striker in the premier league. Huntelaar is only 24 and a goal scoring machine! We couldn't go wrong with him!
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06/07/2008 01:13:00

they both look slow to me...what i like about berba is that he seems a smarter player, and thus less predictable, whereas with Hunt, i think we'll end up playing the same way we did with Van the man... feeding him and waiting that he will manage 1 vs 2-3-4... Berbatov will pull back and let his partner make a move, he will cross, he will head in, he will shoot from outside the box, he;ll make a smart flick...etc etc.. Huntelaar will simply be in the box waiting for the feed. Maybe in Holland that works, but not in the EPL...look at RVN...1 good year and then they found out how to stop him. same with drogba. 2 good years and then, he fights a lonely fight upfront, loosing, since i dont consider 12-14 goals a successful season for a player of his calibre. But i do agree with you my friend that berba is lazy, or a premadonna...i also believe though that fergie is the one to fix that:D. and when berba tastes winning with us, he'll come around and want to win more.. I'm worried about huntelaar because of his goal scoring ways. he scores too many bicycle kicks, and most of his goals are inside the box, without having to drible a lot, move or make a smart move...That wont be allowed in the EPL....
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06/07/2008 09:39:00

good point though by daspecial1...what about tevez? he was supposed to have a few complains that he's not getting a permanent contract.
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06/07/2008 09:40:00

How can someone score too many bicycle kicks alexpant?
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06/07/2008 11:00:00

^^ lol, Well if we buy Huntelaar we know what we are getting, an out and out striker who WILL score goals. One thing that turns me off Berbatov is the price, if Spurs really want 30m then thats a joke!! he is nowhere near worth that, if scored 10 more goals last season then yeah but his goal scoring record isnt high enough. i would say 20-24m would be fair
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06/07/2008 17:19:00

we need a goal score and he scores goals. theres my answer. YES PLEASE.
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06/07/2008 17:43:00

get tevez signed then think about the striker.
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07/07/2008 09:03:00

get him he's class
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07/07/2008 22:49:00

His agent has also now confirmed that.... "For him, United is a club that is interesting"..........He really does like us lol we need more players that REALLY want to play for us, i really hope we get him
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09/07/2008 12:44:00

I think we need something postive soon, all the talk of Ronaldo and Querioz leaving, as well as the loss of Anderson to the Olympics has casts a shadow above our club....a club that has just recently won the European and Premier League double. Get him in soon!!!
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09/07/2008 15:26:00

I agree there, we need some great news in the wake of our victories, not to be wallowing in potential losses.
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09/07/2008 15:30:00


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