Liverpool retain hope of signing free-scoring Ivorian

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Liverpool have been boosted by news that Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony has failed to force through a move to Russia, allowing the Anfield side to re-enter the hunt for the free-scoring Ivory Coast international in the summer.

TalkSPORT reports that Bony was hoping to secure a move away from Vitesse this winter, but following the closure of the Russian transfer window last night, the 24-year-old will remain with the Dutch club until the end of the season, after which he will be free to choose his next destination.

The Ivorian has been in excellent form this season, scoring 22 goals in 21 Eredivisie appearances, including six in three since his return from the African Cup of Nations. Bony's goal-scoring prowess has propelled Vitesse up to fourth, just five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Bony's agent had confirmed he was in talks with Russian heavyweights Zenit St Petersburg, CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala during the window, but no move materialised, meaning Brendan Rodgers is able to pursue a summer move for the forward.

Liverpool and Chelsea held talks with the striker before Christmas, but the Premier League sides chose instead to sign Daniel Sturridge and Demba Ba respectively. 

If Bony does arrive at Anfield in the summer, he could replace Luis Suarez, who has been linked with a move away from Merseyside.

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