Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse has revealed he was watched on numerous occasions last season by scouts from Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but hints that he'd turn down offers from each of those admirers in favour of a dream transfer to Liverpool.
The twice capped Senegal international would love to one day turn out at Anfield, and hopes to be afforded an opportunity to join the Premier League giants if he keeps on improving his game at the same rate as his current trajectory.
Niasse impressed in the Turkish Super Lig last season netting 15 goals and contributing seven assists for former club Akhisar in 2013/14, eventually earning himself a £4.8 million transfer to Russia.
A switch to the Russian Premier League allows him to embark on the next stage of his development, but the 24-year-old has made no secret of his desire to one day test himself in England's top-flight, which might well be a realistic ambition when you consider the level of alleged interest in the vesatile forward's services over the past few months.
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"Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and [Borussia] Dortmund scouted me last season," Niasse explained in an interview with Lig Tv. "This really boosted my confidence.
"I rose from Senegalese club football, to Akhisar and then to Lokomotiv Moscow, [and] there are scouts at every game now."
Niasse joined Akhisar from US Ouakam for a modest £220,000 fee last summer and 12 months later was on the move again at more than 20 times the price, highlighting just how far the player has come in such a short space of time.
Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino have all kept tabs on the African star, who is also capable of operating as a winger, equally comfortable on either flank.
However, it's Brendan Rodgers's admiration that the player is desperately craving the most, with suggestions he would snub the Emirates, Stamford Bridge or White Hart Lane for the opportunity to play his football on Merseyside.
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Niasse also aspires to one day return to Turkey - the country that first gave him the chance to show he is capable of succeeding on the European stage - outlining a desire to play for one of the top level clubs in the Super Lig.
"Liverpool is a special place for me. I have always dreamed of playing for them," he added. "If I keep developing at this rate perhaps in the next few seasons I will be playing at Anfield.
"I will play in Turkey in the future, I want to play at the best clubs, it would be great to play for the likes of Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe or Beşiktaş one day.
"Senegalese people settle into life in Turkey fast, we are used to the heat, there are cultural similarities and as we are muslim it makes it easier as well."
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