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The Gelsenkirchen team tries to bring back the Dutch international after initially moving in for Vedad Ibisevic
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the second target chosen by Schalke to strengthen their attack in the January transfer market.
Image Germany has reported that Schalke are eager to bring the 37-year-old forward back to the club to help boost their hopes of survival in the Bundesliga this season.
The Gelsenkirchen side are second bottom in the table with seven points from 15 games, having earned their first win last Saturday when they beat Hoffenheim four times at home. Only Arminia Bielefeld, who is ranked 15th, has scored fewer goals than Schalke.
Huntelaar was the second most prolific scorer in the German team’s history, having scored 126 goals in his seven years there before returning to Ajax in the summer of 2017.
The Dutch international has announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of the season, but when asked by Fox Sports if he could reverse that decision, he said: “Never say never.”
Schalke hope that he can be persuaded to return to the Bundesliga before his career ends and it has been reported that sporting director Jochen Schneider has already traveled to Amsterdam to discuss a possible deal. It has also been claimed that Huntelaar is willing to cross the border once more.
But objective and SPOX I understand they made another option their top priority, with 36-year-old Vedad Ibisevic their favorite candidate, even though he was released weeks ago.
Ibisevic joined Schalke from Hertha Berlin last September on a one-year deal, but announced the termination of his contract just three months later. He made just four top flight appearances for Schalke this season, starting one.
“True and we had different expectations about his participation in Schalke 04. From our point of view, now it is better to end the cooperation and separate on good terms,” said Schneider at the time, insisting that a discussion with coach Manuel Baum, who was himself fired in mid-December.
However, the director approached the Bosnia-Herzegovina international once again, only to be turned away.
Schneider turned to another former Schalke star in his desperate search for an experienced forward.
Huntelaar still maintains close ties with the club, Schalke TV In the summer he has kept in touch with many staff members, even meeting with the kit managers and physical therapists for coffee and cakes.
The former Real Madrid and AC Milan striker has played 11 times in the Eredivisie for Ajax and scored seven goals.
He made an immediate and decisive impact for Erik ten Hag’s team on Thursday when he came off the bench in the 89th minute against Twente.
The two teams were tied 1-1, but Huntelaar went on to score two goals in the later stages to seal the three points as Ajax advanced three points ahead of Feyenoord at the top of the table.