Liverpool FC have made enquiries into signing Anzhi striker Lacina Traoré according to the player’s agent, Dimitri Seluk.
The towering forward, measured at 6 foot 8, scored a sensational goal against the Merseyside club during a Europa League clash which finished 1-0 to Anzhi. Traore, who goes by the nickname ‘Gentle Giant’, has scored 12 goals in 20 apperances in all competitions since arriving at Anzhi from Kuban Krasnodor for £15million in the summer.
Brendan Rodgers has now “applied to purchase” the Ivorian forward, who is internationally capped at U23s level and according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, a deal has already been brokered to bring 22-year-old Traore to Anfield at the start of next season.
The striker’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, has told reporters it is only a matter of time before his client moves to the Premier League. Seluk also represents Yaya Toure, and famously announced the Manchester City midfielder would leave the club hours after winning the league title last season.
“In addition to Liverpool, the list of clubs that have applied to purchase Traore includes Udinese,” said Seluk.
“But I am afraid the Italians will not be able to pay my transfer value of the player.
“At the moment, Lacina is content with his position at Anzhi. He recently signed a new contract until 2016.
“Traore has no need to hurry. We’ll go ahead and first let him get experience.
“I am an advocate of the gradual development of players. Remember the career of Yaya Toure? In 2005, I brought him to Metalurh Donetsk, then he moved to Olympiacos, then to Monaco and from there to Barcelona,” he added.
“Now Yaya is at Manchester City.
“Of course, Russia is not Traore’s final resting place. The day will come when he will play in the Premier League.”
It is unknown whether Liverpool will attempt to sign the Anzhi player in January to solve the club’s striker crisis. Currently, Luis Suarez is the only available senior forward, with Fabio Borini sidelined with a broken foot and Andy Carroll on a season-long loan to West Ham.