Former Liverpool striker El-Hadji Diouf is snubbing interest from Wigan, Blackpool and Doncaster to join mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala reports the Daily Mirror.

The 30-year-old Senegalese star is a free agent following his release from Blackburn Rovers, and had attracted plenty of interest from the Barclays Premier League and below.

Roberto Martinez wanted to bring Diouf in as Latics cover for the injured Hugo Rodallega, while Tangerines boss Ian Holloway was keen for him to link up with Kevin Phillips at Bloomfield Road.

Perhaps the most ambitious attempt to sign him came from Npower Championship strugglers Doncaster, with newly-appointed manager Dean Saunders hoping Diouf could help steer the club away from relegation.


But Rovers chairman John Ryan revealed: "I've heard he is going to Russia for a king's ransom."

Diouf has enjoyed a nine-year spell in England, first joining Liverpool in 2002 for a fee of £10million following a successful World Cup campaign. But after a return of only six goals in 80 Reds appearances over three seasons, the African ace left Anfield for the Reebok Stadium.

Three years later he left Bolton, and spells at both Sunderland, Blackburn and Rangers on loan followed, before the big-money opportunity to move to Russia materialised.

Anzhi are bankrolled by billionaire businessman Suleyman Kerimov, who is worth almost £5billion. And having already signed the likes of Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o, has made his intentions clear, with the former Liverpool man seemingly the final piece of the jigsaw.

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