By Harry Sykes
Liverpool are lining up a January move for FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun, according to a report.
The Guardian claim the Merseysiders are weighing up a swoop for the goal-a-game Iran international in response to Jurgen Klopp’s concerns over the loss of Danny Ings and Sadio Mane in the new year.
It is said Liverpool’s recruitment department have monitored Azmoun this season and are ready to make a bid when the transfer window opens.
The 21-year-old will have just 18 months remaining on his Rostov contract in January.
Azmoun has been linked with Everton and Stoke City following his impressive form for the Russian club since a controversial move from Rubin Kazan.
The Iran international, who has scored 15 goals in 20 Iran internationals, has carried his goalscoring form into Rostov’s Champions League campaign this season.
He played an influential role in their progress through the qualifying rounds with goals against Anderlecht and Ajax and also netted against Atletico Madrid in last week’s group game.
Azmoun joined Rostov in February 2015 on loan from Rubin Kazan, who appealed to the Court of Arbitration – and lost – when his current employers triggered what Kazan claimed was a non-existent buy-out clause this summer.
With Ings out for the season following knee surgery and Mane bound for the Africa Cup of Nations, Klopp has admitted that Liverpool require reinforcement in attack, specifically out wide, in January.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a talkSPORT pundit has claimed a 27-year-old will be sold by Klopp in the January transfer window.