Agent of reported Liverpool target discusses possible Reds move

Date published: Tuesday 15th November 2016 8:49 - James Marshment

Sardar Azmouni: Linked with Liverpool move

Liverpool have been given hope of striking a deal for the man branded the ‘Iranian Messi’ following some interesting comments from the player’s agent.

The Reds were last week linked with a move for FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun, while the likes of Marseille and Borussia Dortmund, and most recently Everton, have also been touted as suitors.

The 21-year-old joined Rostov in the summer on a two-year contract, after helping fire the Russian club to second place during his loan spell at the club last season.

Azmoun, who scored against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League earlier this month, scored nine goals in 24 appearances for Rostov last season, though has only managed one league goal in the current campaign.

However, while his representative, Mehdi Hagitali, claims Azmoun is focusing on his future with Rostov – citing the forward’s relationship with current manager Kurban Berdyev as a key factor – he admits they are well aware of the interest from Liverpool.

“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,” Hagitali 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.”

But despite seemingly committing his client’s short-term future to Rostov, Hagitali is not ruling out a move in the future, adding: “If some proposals come, we will look at them.”

Known as the ‘Iranian Lionel Messi’, Azmoun has notched 16 goals in 22 appearances at international level.

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