Senegal star confirms Arsenal & Liverpool interest before Turkey move

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Moussa Sow has claimed he signed for Fenerbahce despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to

The Senegal international starred for Ligue 1 side Lille between 2010 and 2012, bagging 31 goals in 54 league games, leading to reported interest from a number of Premier League clubs, believed to include Liverpool and Arsenal.

But the 26-year-old has claimed he opted to move to Turkey instead of England, with his religion a key factor in his decision to spurn the Premier League.

"Both Arsenal and Liverpool had tried to sign me before I ended up in Fenerbahce but I don't have any regrets having done so," Sow told reporters.

"I wanted to play at a team which have a fantastic atmosphere and in a great city like Istanbul. My religious view was also effective in my decision to join Fenerbahce. I'm really happy here."

Sow swapped France for Turkey this summer, at a time when Arsenal and Liverpool were both on the lookout for strikers.

The Gunners had sold Robin Van Persie to Manchester United for £24m, and Arsene Wenger was linked with a number of strikers before the transfer window shut.

Likewise, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers sanctioned Andy Carroll's loan move to West Ham in August, leaving him with Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez as his only recognised senior strikers.

And Borini's injury has left the Liverpool boss woefully short of options up front, leading to speculation Rodgers could dip into the transfer market in January.

But it seems both Premier League sides tried to sign Sow, who has settled quickly into life in Istanbul. The Senegal star only has six goals this season, and is his club's top league scorer.

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