Mehdi Hagitali, the agent of young Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun, has spoken down his client’s potential January links to Liverpool.
We’re interested in the 21-year-old FC Rostov striker, who has 16 goals in 22 international appearances and has also scored in the Champions League.
According to trusted reports, such as this one by ESPN, he’s Liverpool’s priority target for January – despite the fact we already have Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi competing for the centre-forward role.
However, it’s not as if Azmoun is pining for a Merseyside switch yet, although his agent does admit that he’ll consider offers should concrete proposals arrive.
“I read about the interest in Sardar from Liverpool, but I can say that at present there have been no formal proposals from either foreign or Russian clubs,” Hagitali said, reported in the Echo.
“Now his main goal is to become the best striker in the Russian Premier League.
“Kurban Berdyev is like a father-figure, and he would like to work with the coach.
“But if some proposals come, we will look at them.”
Azmoun has scored just twice in 15 club matches for Rostov this term, despite playing as a centre-forward throughout. These are mighty uninspiring statistics, as are his lack of assists and the fact he gives the ball away consistently as well.
We’d much prefer Sturridge or Origi to get a run in the side than Azmoun, but are of course happy to trust the manager’s judgement. In terms of transfers, Jurgen Klopp has nailed it so far and specialises in transforming lesser known players into exceptional ones.