Everton and Liverpool face Azmoun tussle

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Everton are believed preparing a bid to rival city neighbours Liverpool for the signing of highly-rated FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun.

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Long billed as a potential star in his homeland of Iran, Azmoun has starred for the Russian outfit in this season’s Champions League, recently rising to prominence around Europe after netting a goal against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

In the market for striking cover during the January window, Persian Football claims that Ronald Koeman’s Toffees have sounded out the 21-year-old as a potential option to replace the soon-to-be outgoing Oumar Niasse.

However, Everton could well face competition from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool for the player, who also appear to be interested in Azmoun’s services.

A move to either club is far from a foregone conclusion, though, with the player’s agent, Mehdi Hagitali, hinting that his client could spurn advances from the Premier League for the time being.

“I read about the interest in Sardar from Liverpool, but I can say that at present there have been no formal proposals from either foreign or Russian clubs,” he said.

“Now his main goal is to become the best striker in the Russian Premier League.

“Kurban Berdyev is like a father-figure, and he would like to work with the coach. If some proposals come, we will look at them.”

A summer signing from Rubin Kazan, Azmoun has two years to run on his current deal with the Russian Premier League club.

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