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Everton and West Ham United target Sardar Azmoun is ‘devastating in the penalty area’ according to Dragan Skocic, who likens the Zenit St Petersburg striker to a coiled cobra in quotes reported by EuropaCalcio.

After seven years honing his goalscoring talents in Russia, a man who shot to fame as the ‘Iranian Messi’ is making a name for himself in his own right.

And it seems that a big-money move to one of Europe’s major leagues is only a matter of time, with Azmoun producing 14 goals and seven assists during another impressive campaign in the north.

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West Ham, Everton and Leicester City have all been linked with the £30 million-rated frontman, via ArenaNapoli.

The same publication also claimed last week that Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta had contacted ex-Gunners and Russia star Andriy Arshavin to get a better idea of what Azmoun would bring to the Emirates.

Though Arteta could do worse than to reach out to Skocic, an experienced Croatian who was named the manager of the Iranian national team earlier in 2020.

“We are talking about an excellent striker and a great person. He is truly devastating in the penalty area,” Skocic says.

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“Sardar is very dangerous behind the defensive line. He is like a snake when the sun shines: you believe that he is not interested in the game and, then, he strikes.

“I hope he can go and play in a great European team, because he deserves it.”

In quotes reported by Corriere dello Sport last month, Azmoun admitted that he is ‘looking for a new challenge’ after spending pretty much all of his senior career in Russia.

Fortunately, with clubs from England and Italy interested, he will not be short of offers when the window opens.

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