LIVERPOOL have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of FC Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp may look to bolster his attacking options when the transfer window reopens in January.
And Azmoun, 21, is said to be one of a number of youngsters currently being monitored by the Reds boss.
The so-called ‘Iranian Messi’ joined Rostov permanently in July after scoring nine goals in 24 appearances during his loan spell from Rubin Kazan last season.
And he has caught the eye in the Champions League this term, recently netting in a 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. However Mehdi Hagitali, Azmoun’s agent, insists his client is happy to stay put despite reported interest from Anfield.
However Mehdi Hagitali, Azmoun’s agent, insists his client is happy to stay put despite reported interest from Anfield.
“I read about the interest in Sardar from Liverpool,” he said.
“But I can say that at present there have been no formal proposals from either foreign or Russian clubs.
“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.”
However Hagitali refused to rule out a move for Azmoun in the future, adding: “If some proposals come, we will look at them.”