Liverpool are reportedly preparing an £8 million bid for FC Utrecht striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The 21-year-old forward has been earning rave reviews after bursting onto the scene in the Eredivisie, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson sending scouts to watch the youngster against Willem II last weekend. Reports returned to the Reds boss were thought to be glowing, a point emphasised by Van Wolfswinkel’s Europa League qualifying round hat-trick against Celtic on Wednesday night. Ironically, Utrecht have been drawn against the Anfield club in the group stages of the competition.
Already a senior international for Holland, Van Wolfswinkel made his Dutch league debut for Vitesse in 2008. After one season at the GelreDome, the striker announced his move to Utrecht and signed a three-year contract with Utreg.