Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarReuters

Liverpool are considering a move to sign Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar this summer, according to the Express.

The report claims the Dutch international has long been a transfer target for the Reds' league rivals Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is looking to sign a striker in the summer transfer window and the 30-year-old is still believed to be on the Gunners' radar.

The Merseyside club are losing their grip on star striker Luis Suarez as the Uruguayan international is keen on joining Barcelona. The Spanish giants have made an initial £70m cash bid for the PFA Player of the Year's services.

Brendan Rodgers is keeping his options open and is planning to make an approach for the former Real Madrid striker, if Suarez decides to end his time at Anfield.

Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lambert from Southampton to improve their squad depth as they will feature in four competitions next season.

However, the England international is unlikely to be Suarez's replacement in the squad, should the former Ajax man leave his current employers for Barcelona.

Huntelaar has one year left on his contract with the Bundesliga outfit and has rejected a new deal. Schalke have expressed their desire to keep all of their star players at the club.

However, the Dutch striker's decision to reject a chance to sign a new deal could see Schalke cash in on Huntelaar rather than allowing him to leave on a free transfer next summer.

Earlier this year, Huntelaar admitted that his future will be decided after the World Cup. He is currently with the Netherlands squad for the ongoing summer tournament in Brazil as his national side have made it to the quarter finals with a win over Mexico.

"I feel good at Schalke, but I do not know what will happen. We need to achieve something this season before we talk about the future. It will be after rather than before the World Cup," Huntelaar told the German newspaper Bild.

Should Suarez leave Liverpool, the addition of Huntelaar could see the Dutchman replace last season's top scorer in the Reds' squad for the new campaign.