Is Dirk Kuyt heading to Southampton?

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Dirk Kuyt… What comes to mind when you think about the Dutch international? For many workhorse will be the answer and the former Liverpool man who built his reputation upon hard work could now be heading for Southampton according to the Daily Star.

Dirk Kuyt began his professional career with Utrecht and between 1998-2003 played 160 league matches for the club, scoring 51 goals. He was then purchased by Dutch giants Feyenoord for €1, in the summer of 2003. Kuyt would hit immense goal scoring form at the club, netting 20 in 34 during his first season. The following season would be the most prolific of his career as he record 29 goals in 34 Eredivisie matches. Interest from Europe would increase and his final season in Netherlands led to 22 goals in 33 league games.

Kuyt rarely missed a game for Feyenoord and in 2006 he got his big move to the Premier League with Liverpool buying him. Between 2006-2012 he became a fans favourite at Anfield, playing 286 games in all competitions, scoring 71 goals. Whilst not being as prolific as before he became a vital cog for the Reds and never played below 32 games in a Premier League season.

Now at Fenerbahçe and 34-years-old he has adapted his game to play either up front, on the wing or at wingback. After 64 games in Turkey it seems the Premier League beckons again with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman interested in him in January. Kuyt earned 104 Netherlands caps, scoring 24 goals and he remained important to Louis Van Gaal until the end of his international career following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.