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Huntelaar nears Schalke deal

Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is close to agreeing a new contract with Schalke.

Last Updated: 20/12/12 at 13:23 Post Comment

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Close to agreeing new deal with Schalke

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Close to agreeing new deal with Schalke

The 29-year-old's current deal is due to expire in June, but with Arsenal rumoured to be interested, the German club are keen for the Dutchman to re-commit his future to the Veltins-Arena.

Huntelaar's representative has met with Schalke supervisory board chairman Clemens Tonnies, but negotiations are still some way from completion, with the striker hoping for a three-year extension and Schalke only offering two.

Tonnies said: "I have offered a certain compromise, but I also said Klaas-Jan has to quickly decide in favour of Schalke, otherwise we would do better to end those talks."

Huntelaar, who is in line for a pay rise from £4.8m to £5.7m per year, was more tight-lipped on the progress of the discussions.

He said: "It is true, Arnold [Oosterver, Huntelaar's agent] was at Veltins-Arena lately. An important meeting has taken place. However, I am not able to say more on it right now."

Huntelaar joined the German side from AC Milan in a £10.5m deal in August 2010 and has scored nine times so far this season.

His potential availability on a free transfer at the end of the season had attracted the interest of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

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