According to reports, Everton could be set to battle Wolves for the signing of “the Iranian Messi” – Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun
The report from Teamtalk claims Everton face a battle from Wolves, Leicester and Celtic for the 23 year-old, with Wolves currently leading the way.
Liverpool were linked with Azmoun in the past, and he has continued to impress in Russia with his guile and clinical finishing.
The report says Everton and Celtic both showed interest in the striker last year, and they will pick up where they left off this summer.
With 23 goals in 31 caps for Iran, there’s no doubt Azmoun knows where the back of the net is – but is he good enough for Everton yet?
The 23 year old’s fantastic international record is offset somewhat by his slightly worrying output for his club, scoring just four times in the league this season in 24 appearances, though 13 of those did come as a substitute.
Azmoun is strong in the air and a lethal finisher when he gets the chance, but he is still quite a raw talent.
In a similar way to Alexis Sanchez, he loves to do little flick-ons and mazy runs with the ball, but in a much less refined way than the Chilean, which would make him a risk for the Toffees.
How many of those little flicks could he try before the Goodison crowd got fed up of them not working?
After the massive summer spending spree last year, Everton need to be extremely careful not to repeat the same mistakes, and signing Azmoun would be a big risk.
Everton fans, would you back a move for the Iranian Messi? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…