Anzhi sights set on Drogba deal - reports

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Didier Drogba is the latest high-profile Barclays Premier League striker to be linked with a move to Anzhi Makhachkala in the transfer window.

The Russian big-spenders already have Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o amongst their ranks, and are now looking to add the Ivorian international in an effort to take domestic and European competition by storm.

Bankrolled by billionaire businessman Suleyman Kerimov, The Daily Mail reports that Anzhi are set to offer Drogba a £10 million-a-year deal.

Sources close to the former Marseille hitman claim he's hopeful of securing a new-deal at Stamford Bridge, but the 33-year-old is unlikely to be offered a two-year contract by manager Andre Villas-Boas given his advancing years.

That lack of security could lead to Drogba's exit, potentially on a free transfer if his contract in west London runs to the end of the season.

Externally, the club have constantly claimed they are keen to keep the veteran at Chelsea despite the lack of agreement over a new deal.

However, the financial might of the Russians could be the final straw for a player struggling for regular first team football under the former Porto boss, and Drogba's eight-year spell with the club could come to an end when May arrives next year.

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