Selyuk Admits Long-Term Liverpool Target Could Move In January

By on September 19, 2013

Despite the summer transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up to date on all the latest transfer news. Today, interest mounts in Liverpool target Lacina Traore.

Lacina Traore

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The agent of long-term Liverpool target Lacina Traore has admitted the striker could leave Anzhi Makhachkala in January with Galatasaray the latest club to show interest, according to the Express.

The giant Ivory Coast striker – who stands at 6ft 8 inches – only moved to Anzhi last June from Kuban Krasnodar but enjoyed an impressive debut season that saw him score 12 goals in 24 games.

The previously big-spending Russian outfit have recently been selling off their star players in a bid to cut their wage bill. Samuel Eto’o and Willian were two players sacrificed with the duo joining Chelsea in the summer and it had been suggested Traore would be the next to go.

The Express claim Galatasaray have now joined Serie A champions Juventus in tracking the 23-year-old ahead of potential January bids while Liverpool have also held a long-term interest in the player.

While the strikers agent, Dmitry Selyuk, claims Traore is happy at Anzhi he admitted he could still leave in January with a whole host of clubs interested in his services.

“Recent developments have not changed Traore’s relationship with Anzhi.

“Moreover, he believes that the change of direction towards development will benefit the club.

“He loves to work with [new coach] Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, who has assured him that he counts on Lacina as the main striker.

“But I can’t deny that in the case of a decent proposal that suits both us and Anzhi, Lacina could still change club.

“The interest in Traore in Russia and Europe is quite large.

“Therefore, if we get a good offer in the winter I think the leadership of Anzhi will let him go.

“But there are not many teams that could afford to pay the price for the player.” Selyuk is quoted as saying by the Express

Liverpool have enjoyed a superb start to the new season, earning 10 points from their opening four games which included a 1-0 win over champions Manchester United.

Daniel Sturridge, who moved to Anfield from Chelsea last January, has been in red-hot form scoring in every game so far and Luis Suarez is due to return from his 10-game ban next week, so it remains to be seen whether boss Brendan Rodgers would be interested in making a move for Traore, or any other striker for that matter, when the window opens in January.

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