Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Galatasaray Join The Race For Liverpool Target Lacina Traore

Turkish side Galatasaray is the latest club linked with a move for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore in January.

Traore was thought to almost certain to join Juventus in the winter, after Dinamo Moscow boss Dan Petrescu revealed he would not be making a bid for the player because he expects him to end up in Italy.

But reports in Russia suggest that Galatasaray have not be dissuaded from chasing the 23-year-old Ivorian, with the player's agent, Dmitry Selyuk, saying many clubs remain in the hunt to sign Traore.

Selyuk told Izvestia: "Recent developments have not changed Traore's relationship with Anzhi.

"Moreover, he believes that the change of direction towards development will benefit the club.

"He loves to work with [new coach] Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, who has assured him that he counts on Lacina as the main striker.

"But I can't deny that in the case of a decent proposal that suits both us and Anzhi, Lacina could still change club.

"The interest in Traore in Russia and Europe is quite large.

"Therefore, if we get a good offer in the winter I think the leadership of Anzhi will let him go.

"But there are not many teams that could afford to pay the price for the player."

Liverpool is thought to hold a long-standing interest in Traore, who scored 12 goals in 24 games for Anzhi last season, but whether they have either the desire or the means to compete for the player's signing in January, particularly given the clubs impressive start to the season, remains to be seen.

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