Liverpool are interested in signing Iran international Sardar Azmoun, 24, from Zenit St Petersburg, according to reports.
Soviet Sport claim that the Reds had scouts in attendance to watch the striker, who played for his country at last summer’s World Cup, during the Russian Super Cup. Zenit lost 3-2 against Lokomotiv Moscow, but Azmoun netted both goals in the game for his side.
It would be a shock to see Azmoun come in, assuming that Divock Origi stays put. The Belgian international forward, a hero on so many occasions last season, is expected to remain at the club regardless of whether he signs a new contract, even though he could leave for nothing next summer.
Daniel Sturridge departed Anfield this year, but Rhian Brewster is viewed as his replacement.
Azmoun seems an unlikely signing this transfer window, although he has been tracked by the Reds’ scouting department since at least 2016. Links to him were prominent last summer, while in January 2017, Azmoun claimed he turned down advances from Jurgen Klopp when he played for Rubin Kazan.
Azmoun could be one that the scouts are keeping tabs on, for sure, but whether that means a bid is incoming is an entirely different question.