Heynckes checks on AZ ace
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Schalke coach Jupp Heynckes made a personal check on prolific AZ Alkmaar forward Ali Elkhattabi in midweek.
The German outfit have been long-standing admirers of Elkhattabi and their scouts' reports prompted Heynckes to run the rule over the in-form striker.
Elkhattabi did nothing but impress the Schalke chief as he poached both goals in AZ's 2-1 victory at home to Groningen on Wednesday evening.
The 26-year-old has been in sparkling form this season and has been a key factor in AZ's unlikely push for a UEFA Champions League berth.
The Dutch-born hit-man of Moroccan origin has grabbed 10 goals in 14 appearances for AZ and it is little wonder Schalke have added him to their shopping list.
Heynckes must now decide whether to follow up his interest in the New Year with a bid for the former Sparta Rotterdam ace.