Departing CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky has told Goal that he isn't surprised that Everton, Swansea City and West Ham have been linked with moves for playmaker Alan Dzagoev.
CSKA travelled to London on Wednesday evening to take on Tottenham Hotspur in their final game of the Champions League group stage, and ended on a dull note as Spurs ran out 3-1 winners at Wembley Stadium.
The Russian giants did take the lead as Alan Dzagoev beat the Spurs defence to drive the ball past Hugo Lloris, before goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and an Igor Akinfeev own goals handed Spurs the win.
Russia playmaker Alan Dzagoev applauds
CSKA are now out of European competition having missed out on third place in Group E and a subsequent place in the Europa League, but Dzagoev may have impressed some onlooking scouts.
The Daily Mail reported on the morning of the game that Everton, Swansea City and West Ham United have all been looking at Dzagoev as a potential transfer target for the January transfer window.
CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev scores against Spurs
The 26-year-old playmaker has racked up an impressive 63 goals and 84 assists in almost 300 appearances for CSKA, having joined the club at the age of just 17 in 2008.
A Russian international with nine goals in 50 caps for his country, Dzagoev has long been highly rated, and many have expected him to make the move to England in recent years, with a January move now potentially on the cards.
CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky
Manager Leonid Slutsky, who also coaches Dzagoev at international level, is leaving CSKA but has commented on the rumours surrounding the midfielder, telling Goal that it wouldn't be surprising if Dzagoev did make a move to England.
Slutsky did thugh add that Dzagoev still has a lot to improve on even after scoring against Tottenham this week; words which Everton, Swansea and West Ham should take an interest in.
“It's obvious Alan Dzagoev is one of the top players in the Russian league,” said Slutsky. “It's not surprising that scouts were watching him and it will not be surprising if he continues his career in one of the top British clubs. [But] even though he scored a goal, he still has a lot of things to work on,” he added.
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