Transfer talk

Kuyt weighing up Inter move - agent

August 22, 2011

Dirk Kuyt is considering a move to Inter Milan, according to agent Rob Jansen.

Liverpool vs Manchester City
GettyImagesDirk Kuyt is a popular figure at Liverpool

Kuyt is no longer guaranteed a first-team starting role at Liverpool following an influx of midfield arrivals, including Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson. Netherlands international found himself on the bench for the first game of the season, with Henderson the preferred option, and competition for place will only grow once Steven Gerrard returns from injury.

At 31 years of age Kuyt does not fit what the Liverpool board are looking to achieve at Anfield, which is a young, hungry squad that can look after the club's long-term future.

Inter Milan have long been interested in the industrious utility man, who was primarily a striker before Rafael Benitez turned him into a goalscoring wideman on Merseyside. Now, just eight days before the close of the transfer window, the Italians have registered their interest, although Liverpool are yet to agree a fee.

"Inter Milan have made an attractive offer for Dirk and he has to think about it," Jansen told RTV West. "However, the two clubs have yet to agree a deal."

Kuyt, who signed a new contract in April, is admired by Dalglish, who offered praise on Monday as the former Feyenoord man closes in on his 50th league goal for the club.

"Dirk is a fantastic player for this football club," Dalglish told the club's official website. "He does work hard for the team, but then sometimes that work ethic disguises the ability he has got as well, so don't forget he has got a fair amount of ability.

"It's fantastic for anyone to get 50 league goals for his club and that will be a great milestone for him when he gets it."