Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder has admitted that the prospects of luring Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt to the club, look remote.
A string of other English Premiership clubs have been linked to the forward and Kuyt himself is believed to favour a move to Liverpool.
“He is not the quickest striker I have ever seen in my life, but there is no doubt he knows how to score a goal,” Roeder told BBC radio.
“He is a very, very hard working player, and his body language on the pitch suggests he is the sort of player you would like in your dressing room. He is very committed to the team effort.
“There are lots of plusses as far as Dirk Kuyt is concerned, but I do know we are not the only club who are interested in him.
“Another club, in the top four, are very strongly interested in him.
“We would like to find the possibility of bringing this particular player to Newcastle, and we are working hard on that at the moment.”
Roeder is desperate to sign a goalscorer to replace Alan Shearer, who retired at the end of last season. Newcastle begin their campaign without their striker Michael Owen, who injured a knee playing for England during the World Cup.