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€3m Chelsea target 12 months ago, transfer listed without a goal a year later

Ghanaian striker Abdul Majeed Waris has found his career stalled since joining Spartak Moscow a year ago.

In 2012 Swedish side BK Hacken had their highest ever finish in the top-flight of Swedish football - with the 23 goals in 29 games by the Ghanaian international were pivotal in their rise to a title scrap with Elfsborg, AIK and Malmo.

Not only did Waris finish at the top of the goalscoring charts he was only a little way back in the Assists column, finishing in joint fourth on nine.

This sort of form was never going to go unnoticed - and Premier League scouts soon started circling. He was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League as Norwich City reportedly readied a bid - but Chelsea were the biggest team linked with his signature, it was even reported that Chelsea were ready with a concrete bid.

His strength and electric pace would have suited the Premier League and he would have had no problem gaining a work permit as he already has British citizenship. He held a valid visa after spending time at the highly regarded Hartpury College in Gloucestershire where they specialise in players of sportingexcellence. During his time in the west-country he managed to score an incredible 36 goals in 21 appearances.

However one of Europe’s leading marksmen for 2012 left English teams disappointed when he agreed terms on a move to Russian club Spartak Moscow, ending hopes of seeing him return to the UK and potentially bringing his raw ability to the Premier League.

That was about 12 months ago, and since then things have not exactly gone to plan for the Ghanaian in Russia. So far he has featured just 11 times for the club, and scored a grand total of zero goals.

With this in mind it is reported in Russia he is now on the transfer list for January - as his chances at the club dwindle to practically nothing.

Spartak have signed Yuri Movsisyan and Lucas Barrios since Waris arrived, and manager Valery Karpin plays with just the lone striker, leaving the Ghanaian with practically no chance of first-team football.

A move to the Premier League however now looks unlikely. After failure in Russia not many English teams will take a punt on the 22-year-old - leaving his career in limbo.

He has pace, of that there is no doubt, but his technical abilities have been found wanting in Russia - and that would also be the case in England.

Spartak will want to reimburse the €2.9 million they spent on the player, and at that price not many are going to take a chance on a player without a goal since last year.

But Waris, who will still harbour hopes of playing for Ghana at the World Cup in Brazil, is certainly available in January - if anyone wanted to take a punt on him.

But a move to Chelsea now seems very, very unlikely.

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