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Lacina Traore will move in winter window - Agent

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Anzhi Makhachkala's 6ft8 striker Lacina Traore will quit the Russian club in January, with a host of Premier League clubs interested, according to the player's agent.

Speaking to Russian newspaper Izvestia.ru, Traore's agent Dmitry Selyuk confirms Traore will be allowed to leave by the Dagestan club in January:

"In the case of a decent proposal that satisfies all parties, Lacina can change teams next winter.

"Demand for Traore and in Russia, and Europe is quite large. Therefore, if [in winter there is] a good suggestion, I think the leadership of Anzhi will not hinder the striker."

Liverpool have strongly been linked with a move for the powerful striker, after losing 1-0 to Anzhi in the Europa League in November courtesy of a spectacular Traore strike.

The Ivorian has also been linked with moves to Chelsea, Juventus and Galatasaray in recent years, but Liverpool are thought to be closest to the striker.

Anzhi have been forced to sell their highest-earning players in the past year, with the likes of Willian, Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov all moving away from the club.

Liverpool had previously entered into talks with Anzhi over Willian, who subsequently made the move to Chelsea after undergoing a medical at Tottenham.

It has been widely reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's friendship with erstwhile Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov played a big part in Chelsea's last-minute swoop for Willian - meaning Liverpool will have to act quickly and decisively if they want to secure the services of Traore ahead of Abramovich's Chelsea.

Traore has just a single goal in three matches for Anzhi this season, who sit joint bottom of the Russian Premier Liga without a win in 11 matches.

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