Liverpool have become the latest Premier League side to get hot under the collar over the continued goalscoring exploits of Heerenveen hitman Alfred Finnbogason.
Newcastle and West Ham have previously been credited with an interest in the Icelandic international, who has notched 53 times in 62 starts for the Dutch outfit.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been in superb form this season and they’re as short as 2/5 and 11/20 respectively to notch against Cardiff in the Reds’ next outing.
Yet Brendan Rodgers could be forgiven for seeking to bolster his forward line further, with little in terms of line-leading class to call upon beyond the SAS.
Finnbogason is in the midst of a colossal campaign in which he’s bagged 23 times in 24 club appearances.
However, the 25-year-old wouldn’t be the first red-hot striker to have been shorn of his goalscoring powers after turning his back on the Abe Lenstra Stadion, with those swapping it’s delights for the Premier League particularly affected.
The truth is Heerenveen alumni are almost entirely responsible for perpetuating the chilling myth of the seemingly lethal Eredivisie striker who turns useless upon arrival at his new club.
It’s the club that gave Newcastle Jon Dahl Tomasson, shipped Afonso Alves to Middlesbrough and offloaded Markus Allback on Aston Villa.
Tomasson helped himself to 37 goals in 78 games for the Super Frisians, being voted Best Dutch Football Talent of 1996 along the way, yet his gifts went AWOL in a season to forget on Tyneside.
Allback left Villa after an underwhelming two years in which he scored six times, but it’s Alves who will remain forever synonymous with the risks of expecting Eredivisie scoring form to cross international boundaries.
A Brazil call-up came amid a two-season spell at Heerenveen that yielded 45 goals in 39 run-outs.
Yet so disappointing was his form when he arrived at the Riverside that, more than any other factor, it was likely his £12.5m signing that ultimately sent Gareth Southgate scurrying off in the direction of the media booth.
It may rightly be mentioned that Klass Jan Huntelaar and the great Ruud van Nistelrooy also graduated from Abe Lenstra Stadion.
Nevertheless, both men moved up the ladder more slowly, stopping off at Ajax and PSV respectively before making big moves to Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Finnbogasson’s English suitors, be warned!