Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is looking to exploit Liverpool’s search for a new forward by bidding for their hard-working Dutchman Dirk Kuyt.
The future could well be Orange for the Geordies after Pardew enquired after Kuyt, who has fallen down Kenny Dalglish’s pecking order this season and has failed to score a goal in the Premier League.
Pardew wants to add more experience to his young squad, and sees the 31-year-old Kuyt as the perfect man to provide it, with the Dutchman’s versatility also considered a huge asset to a squad which will be missing hot-shot striker Demba Ba for the next six weeks due to his involvement with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.
Although initially considered a centre-forward when Rafael Benitez signed him from Feyenoord in the summer of 2006, it didn’t take long for Kuyt to be converted into a right midfielder for the Reds – a position from which he has scored many crucial goals.
With 84 caps for Holland he is seen as a vital member of his national team’s setup and Kuyt could be tempted into a move which would guarantee him more first-team football ahead of the Euro 2012 finals in the summer.
Ex- Newcastle boss Dalglish has tended to prefer new signings Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing to the older legs of Kuyt this season, whilst the good form of the likes of Craig Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez have made it tough for the Dutchman to get a look in.
Luis Suarez’s ban means that the Reds are unlikely to sanction a sale until they have lined up a replacement, but a bid of around £6m from Newcastle may be too much to turn down.