Reds agree Kuyt deal

17 August 2006 10:29
Liverpool have agreed a fee with Feyenoord for Netherlands international striker Dirk Kuyt. The 26-year-old is poised to sign a four-year contract with the Reds, having turned down Newcastle United to make the switch to Anfield. Kuyt, who helped Holland to a 4-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night, told the Dutch club's official website: "For me, Liverpool is sure to be the dream club I was looking for. "There was more interest from abroad, but for me there was nothing of the calibre of Liverpool, a brilliant club with an enormous reputation, fantastic support and a fabulous history. Feyenoord chairman Jorien Van den Herik added: "We did everything we could to keep Dirk at Feyenoord. "We went a long way to doing that and Dirk was open to that, but we knew that the chance was he would leave if his dream club came in. Liverpool is his dream club. "Many clubs have tried to contact Dirk over the recent period, but he's said no to clubs every time because they were not appealing enough despite there being many renowned clubs among them. "That characterises Dirk's attitude, either Feyenoord or my dream club." Kuyt joined the Rotterdam outfit in 2003 from Utrecht and went on to score 71 goals in 101 appearances fro the club. He has also scored four goals in 23 games for the Oranje.

Source: ESA