'Next Drogba' sparks Liverpool and Arsenal bidding war - wants Premier move

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CFR Cluj striker Lacina Traore has sparked a potential Premier League bidding war after admitting he wants a Premier League move.

The Ivorian forward has been monitored by the cream of Europe in recent seasons, with sections of the media hailing the player as 'the next Didier Drogba'.

Liverpool and Arsenal are thought to be the top English sides looking to challenge for the player's signature, while Mark Hughes' Fulham are also thought to be keen on the player.

A £4 million valuation has been placed on the player's head, making Traore a viable option for the big clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool.

Reds boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have a transfer kitty in the region of £35 million at his disposal following the arrival of NESV as the new owners at Anfield, and an attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be a priority for Liverpool.

Hodgson has been linked with a string of strikers in recent weeks, including Carlton Cole, Karim Benzema and Ola Toivonen, and the Liverpool boss appears certain to add in that position in the New Year.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have money at his disposal following bumper profits at the Emirares were announced, and the Arsenal chief is a known admirer of the 20-year-old.

Injuries have left the Frenchman looking to strengthen in the attacking third of the pitch, with Arsenal looking to continue their challenge for four trophies this season.

Fulham are described as the 'favourites' by talkSPORT, but the Premier League big boys are likely to compete at the first possible opportunity.

Cluj teammate Roberto De Zerbi said: “I know he is close to signing for an English team.” It is yet to be confirmed if Liverpool, Arsenal or Fulham are the aforementioned team.

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