Swansea & Southampton rival to Everton for signature of Russian star

As reported by the Daily Mail, three Premier League clubs are vying for the signature of Russian international Alan Dzagoev this January.

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With the long-term injury to Yannick Bolasie and Everton struggling for form, Ronald Koeman badly needs some creative, attacking flair in his midfield and he may have found the man to provide it.

The Mail reports that the Toffees are in for Alan Dzagoev who, despite garnering plenty of hype over the years, is still wearing the shirt of CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League.

Everton director of football Steve Walsh, the paper report, was sitting alongside the Russian’s representatives during CSKA’s recent defeat to Spurs at Wembley.

Koeman faces competition to get his man with former club Southampton interested alongside Swansea.

Football Soccer Britain - Tottenham Hotspur v CSKA Moscow - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group E - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 7/12/16 CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev celebrates scoring their first goal with Zoran Tosic (L) Reuters / Dylan Martinez Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Shouldn’t he already be in England?

Dzagoev burst on to the scene as a name known Europe-wide with fine performances during Euro 2012. Since then he’s often been a target that many fans in England have wanted to play for their club.

The closest he came to being a Premier League player was in 2013 when as the Mail report, Spurs tried to sign the attacking midfielder. They reckon the £25m price tag put them off but that English clubs are ready to do business again at a more reasonable £15m.

Dzagoev scored two goals in this season’s UEFA Champions League, away to Leverkusen and also at Wembley last week away to Spurs.

Whoever gets his signature will have a fine player on their hands who after 8 seasons at CSKA Moscow seems well poised to take a massive next step in his career.