Wolves fans react to links with Russia striker Artem Dzyuba

Wolves fans during the Sky Bet League One match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Carlisle United at Molineux on May 3, 2014 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly want Zenit St Petersburg's Dzyuba.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia looks on during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Russia at Hampden Park on September 06, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Artem Dzyuba boasts an international record even some of the greatest strikers around would give a right arm for.

In 37 games, the giant centre-forward has scored 21 goals for Russia. And if you thought he would never get any better after those barnstorming displays during the 2018 World Cup on home soil, think again. Dzyuba’s goal in Russia’s 2-1 win away at Scotland in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier was his sixth in just five games over the last nine months.

And, according to Rianfan, scouts from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and Crystal Palace were all in attendance at Hampden Park with a 31-year-old, 6ft 5ins centre-forward catching the eye.

Peter Ankersen (L), Ján Gregu of FC Copenhagen (L) and Artem Dzyuba (R) of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg vie for the ball during the Group C match of the UEFA Europa League between FC Zenit...

So will Dzyuba be on his way to the Premier League for the first time when the transfer window opens in January? With eight goals or assists in just nine league games for Zenit St Petersburg at the start of the 2019/20 season, the late-blooming man-mountain certainly deserves a chance that he can thrive in a top European competition.

And a targetman who thrives when leading the line with his back to goal looks a perfect fit for Nuno Espírito Santo’s one-striker system at Wolves. Though Dzyuba clearly still has a long way to go if he wants to win over his potential new supporters at Molineux.

Egypt's defender Ahmed Hegazi (R) vies with Russia's forward Artem Dzyuba during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium...

 

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