The Reds are reportedly battling to sign Sardar Azamoun, who is in action for Iran at the Asian Cup in Australia this month.
Iran international Sardar Azamoun could be heading to the Premier League this month, according to fresh reports from Russia.
A news story published on the Russian site Izvestia and translated by both the Express and Calcio Mercato websites, suggests that Liverpool have now emerged as the front-runners to land the highly-rated youngster.
The 20-year-old, who currently plays for Rubin Kazan in Russia, is capable of playing as either a winger or in a supporting striker role and has already drawn comparisons with Barcelona’s Argentine match-winner with Azmoun dubbed the “Iranian Messi”.
An Iran international with five caps and two goals to his name, Azmoun is currently in action for the national side at the Asian Cup in Australia.
Both Arsenal and Spurs, along with Liverpool have been linked with moves for the player, with the trio linked to the youngster back in May, according to a report from the Mirror.
A skilful, quick operator, Azmoun moved to Russia from Iranian side Sepahan back in January 2013, with the player reportedly rejecting an offer from Inter Milan.
To date, he has played 27 times for Rubin Kazan, scoring five goals.
Called up to the Iran national side by Carlos Queiroz back in October 2013, Azmoun was ultimately omitted from the Portuguese manager’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil despite helping the under-17 side to victory in the West Asian Football Federation Championship in 2009.
He could now be set for a move to the big time however, with Liverpool linked to a £5 million deal for the youngster.
Arsenal were previously thought to be close to completing a deal for the attacker, with a report from the Metro last March indicating the London club had made a £2 million offer for the Russian Premier League player.
However this latest report linking Liverpool with a move for Azmoun also comes with quotes from the Rubin Kazan CEO Ayrat Garayev.
"Sardar Azmoun is a Rubin player and has a valid contract with our club,” he said.
"We are waiting for his return from the Asian Cup and looking forward to having him for the remainder of the season.
"We have had approaches for Sardar, but I see no reason to discuss them until they become official."
Iran are next in action against Qatar in the Asian Cup this Thursday with victory likely to seal their progress to the knockout phase of the competition.
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