Stuttgart to spend big on Klaas
Stuttgart have confirmed they are willing to pay 'extraordinary money' to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 15/07/09 11:23am
Stuttgart chairman Erwin Staudt has confirmed the club are willing to pay 'extraordinary money' to sign Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Real have confirmed that negotiations to sell the Holland international to Stuttgart have reached an 'advanced stage'.
Huntelaar has only spent six months in the Spanish capital and the former Ajax ace has been linked with a string of clubs following Real's mega spending this summer.
However, he appears set to link up with Stuttgart after the Bundesliga club confirmed they are prepared to spend big in their quest to replace Mario Gomez.
"Extraordinary players require extraordinary investments as they cost extraordinary money," Staudt told Stuttgarter Zeitung.
"We will not be buying a substitute because we are also developing very good players in our own academy.
"We need a key player, a top-class man for the future.
"Such signatures require time and money, and we are willing to invest time and money into buying this player."
Meanwhile, Staudt expressed his confidence that Stuttgart can persuade Germany international Serdar Tasci to extend his contract, which expires in 12 months' time.
He added: "We are in talks with the management of Serdar.
"Serdar is a Stuttgart player and we are confident he is going to stay a Stuttgart player for quite some time."