Reported West Ham and Newcastle target cold follow former coach to Russia

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Wilfried Bony might just follow Fred Rutten to Anzhi Makhachkala this summer and reject the Premier League.

The Dutch league certainly has a good record for producing future stars of foreign leagues; especially when it comes to their top scorers.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Luis Suarez, Mateja Kezman, Afonso Alves … OK so maybe it tailed off a bit toward the end.

But still there is no doubt that many a club across Europe is set to be in the race for Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony.

The Ivorian striker has been nothing short of phenomenal this campaign; bagging 31 goals in 30 league games in the Eredivisie and finding himself linked with all manner of transfer movement this summer.

The Premier League has been one such reported destination. Up until recently West Ham were the favourites to snap him up but with Andy Carroll’s big money move to Upton Park this week that looks unlikely.

Fulham have also been said to be keen while Chelsea have some historical interest in the player.

Liverpool have on the other hand been linked with the player; but only if Luis Suarez was to move on.

While Newcastle United have also found themselves strongly linked with the player but the idea of Joe Kinnear accidentally referring to him as Wilfried ‘Boner’ may put them off a deal.

But it might all be erroneous anyway as Anzhi Makhachkala are reportedly the strong favurites to snap him up despite interest from SL Benfica.

It comes as Guus Hiddink looks set to remain at Anzhi in some capacity next season  and according to Izvestia he wants the recently departed Vitesse manager Fred Rutten to work with him at the Dagestan outfit. 

Rutten is seen as the eventual successor to Hiddink and has highlighted one of his former favourites as number one transfer target for the summer.

So if any of these Premier League clubs had a genuine interest in the player they may be too late to convince him not to join the Russian revolution.

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