Liverpool face battle for Anzhi star

Lacina Traore (Anzhi Makhachkala)Liverpool will have to see off interest from Galatasaray if they are to secure a January deal for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore, according to reports from The Express.

The Reds were linked with a move for the powerful Ivorian over the summer after he was transfer listed by the now cash-strapped Russian giants.

A deal failed to come to fruition but it is likely that Traore will leave Dagestan this winter.

This has alerted Gala, who are keen to offer the 6ft. 8” front-man an escape route.

Liverpool are thought to be long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, so the Turkish giants’ interest could come as a blow to Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds have enjoyed a fine opening four games of the Premier League season, and currently top the table.

However, Rodgers has hinted at investing further in his squad, with Traore having been mooted as a potential target.

As it stands they may not have the financial capability to fight with Gala, but If Luis Suarez leaves in January the funds, and need for a striker, could push them into making a serious move.

Traore only moved to Anzhi last year, but is said to be willing to leave already as a part of the club’s efforts to offload high earning players.

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