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Former Celtic Striker Linked
Former Celtic Striker Linked
Thursday, 6th Aug 2009 11:50

A Dutch report is linking Town with former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. The 30-year-old was released by the Bhoys at the end of last season.

The 6ft 1in tall frontman started his career at FC Twente and appeared at Portman Road in a pre-season friendly prior to Town’s 1999/00 promotion campaign.

In 1999, after five years with the Enschede club, the Oldenzaal-born player moved on to PSV. A further five years into his career the lengthily-named striker signed for Celtic for £3.4 million, shortly after Roy Keane had left Parkhead.

Since his release by Celtic, Vennegoor of Hesselink, who has been capped 27 times by Holland, scoring five goals, has been linked with numerous clubs including Blackburn, Hull City, Bristol City and Middlesbrough in the UK, Málaga in Spain and his former Dutch sides FC Twente and PSV.

The Blues are close to adding one, probably two, strikers to their squad, although earlier today manager Roy Keane said Town were speaking to clubs regarding the players they are interested in, which would not be necessary with the Dutchman as he is a free agent.


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cthomas17 added 11:52 - Aug 6
Would be a good signing, scored a lot of goals in scotland and on a free worth the gamble i reckon
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ITFC_Jenx added 11:53 - Aug 6
Let me be the first to say this would be a really big name signing.
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FenboyBlue added 11:53 - Aug 6
No chance, we've haven't got that many spare letter transfers to stick on a shirt. Unless he calls himself Bob.
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stainless added 11:53 - Aug 6
Would be good in championship i'm sure & certainly worth ago for nothing.
Would like to see you get that name on the back of your shirt though
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Cardinals added 11:56 - Aug 6
Would be a good signing for the championship and i believe he is the kind of player we would be looking for.
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trulyblue added 11:58 - Aug 6
I thought he had gone to Bristol City, he was definately talking to them... The move must of broken down ! He's a great player.... I've seen him many times and always been impressed.
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stainless added 11:59 - Aug 6
Good scoring record, alot of bigger clubs than ITFC chasing him though.
Years Club Apps (Gls)†
1996–2001 Twente 142 (63)
2001–2006 PSV 157 (76)
2006–2009 Celtic 80 (34)
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Goldtooth added 12:01 - Aug 6
Get this fella in now! He would destroy at this level. Is getting a bit slow, but has plenty of power, heading ability and knows where the back of the net is. Hesselink and Stead/Priskin would be enough to get the season going with a bang. Come on keano, lets make it happen before the Cov game and show the league we're serious players this year!
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BlueBoy1066 added 12:04 - Aug 6
That is more like it. Rather than chase Murphy who has turned Town down twice now. Why chase a player who does not want to play for the club.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink could definitely be the 20 goals a season striker that we desperately need.

What about Kevin Phillips as a possible Town striker?

He is at Birmingham in the Prem and will not get to play this year, which is what happened when he went up with WBA a couple of seasons ago. He certainly is a PROVEN goalscorer and has a couple of good seasons left in him. Certainly at Championship level anyway.
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gtd added 12:06 - Aug 6
Yes please.
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welshtractorboy added 12:09 - Aug 6
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brazils_bath_robe added 12:09 - Aug 6
John Vinegar of Kitchen Sink would be a really good signing for us. Saw a lot of him up here in Scotland and he'd do a good job for us at Championship level. Dont see it happening though. I reckon he sees himself playing in the top division of whichever country he ends up playing in next season.
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PablosRightBoot added 12:15 - Aug 6
This guy is really good on Champ Manager. Worth a punt! Priskin, J of V and Gio = Premiership.......not realistic but lets hope!
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runaround added 12:20 - Aug 6
Would be a great signing if fit and motivated. We can dream!
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yorkshireblue added 12:26 - Aug 6
TBH, am surprised we have not been linked with him earlier. Would be sensational at this level, and RK know him but I fear there will be bigger clubs after him. A bit surprised he hasn't been snapped up already
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Mark added 12:28 - Aug 6
Seems like we're unanimous about Vennegoor of Hesselink, I'd like to see him sign too. It's not like he's 33 or 34, 30 is not a bad age at all especially for someone of his pedigree. Fingers crossed.
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MarcFowler added 12:29 - Aug 6
Hell yes - I thought we should take a shot at him when I heard he was released. Sounds like he'd do a damn good job for us.
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streety86 added 12:31 - Aug 6
Please please sign him RK!!!! Looking at our 'promotion' rivals they all seem to have at least 1 decent striker, vgoh and priskin would be a superb strike force with the likes of Walters, counago and stead in the wings would be great! Relativley happy with the midfield defence isn't bad and personally think we've got one of the best keepers in the ccc. Roll on Sunday, anybody know how many tickets have been sold for cov?
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bleedblue added 12:33 - Aug 6
He would be a great signing, nice to see us linked with a big name (not just the length) and at 30 he could have the best seasons around the corner. He certainly is Premiership standard and so he should score plenty of goals at Championship level. Not sure if he would be the 20+ goal striker we need but certainly worth snapping him up.
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ljkITFC added 12:44 - Aug 6
Sign him up keano, what's there to lose,
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MaySixth added 12:49 - Aug 6
Yes please!
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svendust added 13:00 - Aug 6
Priskin, J V of H and Gio would be a bit of a dream team!

I think it is more likely to be Murphy and Priskin though.
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bluelad7 added 13:11 - Aug 6
but have you seen this on the spurs website?
Ipswich 2009/2010
Spurs 2009/2010
Ipswich 2008/2009

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/players/first_team/giovanidossantos.html
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NITFC added 13:15 - Aug 6
Yes, sign him up but how the feck are we going to fit that name into a song??????
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bluelad7 added 13:15 - Aug 6
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