Spartak Moscow’s Yura Movsisyan could prove to be a potential summer transfer target for Premier League clubs craving additional firepower upfront.
The Armenian striker has netted 18 goals in 29 games across all competitions in 2013-14 to lead Spartak’s scoring charts, while being widely recognised as one of the top players in the Russian Premier League alongside the likes of Seydou Doumbia and Aleksandr Kerzhakov.
The club reportedly turned down a €7.5 million (£6.1 million) bid from Wolfsburg for the 26-year-old during the January transfer window, but, with his goalscoring exploits attracting increasing attention from a handful of English and German outfits, it remains to be seen how much longer they will be able to ward off interest.
The player’s agent, Patrick McCabe, told R-Sport in Russia earlier this year that his client would be open to a transfer and that at least two Premier League teams were closely monitoring his status, with an eye on renewing interest over the coming months.
Tottenham Hotspur were one of the clubs rumoured to be keen on Movsisyan, but it is expected that they would have to pay significantly more than the €7.5 million offered by Wolfsburg in order to make the well-travelled goalscorer the first Armenian international to ply his trade in England.
Modelling his game after his idol, Thierry Henry, Movsisyan’s pace on the attack - whether from out wide or through the middle - has put opposition defenders to the sword in Russia and the Europa League this past season, while his strength on the ball should make him well-suited to the English game.
Along with Tottenham, Everton and Stoke City could be two teams potentially interested in the former Real Salt Lake man’s services, having both been linked to the player prior to his move to Spartak from FC Krasnodar in December 2012.
Despite having grown up in Pasadena, California, Movsisyan passed on the opportunity to play for the USA national team in favour of the country of his parents, but his absence from the shopping window of the World Cup this summer will do nothing to deter interest.