£8.5m Manchester United target set for Russian move

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St Etienne teen sensation Kurt Zouma is set to snub Premier League advances and move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to reports in France.

The 18-year-old central defender has already played for the French U19 team, and has been scouted by Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea among others.

But Zouma, who made 18 league appearances for St Etienne last season, is now reportedly a target for big-spending Russian club Anzhi.

A link-up with Samuel Eto'o and Willian could be on the cards, with reports in France claiming Anzhi will spend £8.5m to bring him to the Russian Premier League.

Zouma signed a new St Etienne contract earlier this year, tying him to the club until 2017. But that hasn't cooled interest in the teenager.

The talkSPORT report claims Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all tracked the defender in recent months. 

Earlier last week, a Daily Express report suggested Liverpool were leading the race, with Brendan Rodgers on the lookout for a Jamie Carragher replacement.

Following the announcement of the Kolo Toure free transfer signing, it looks unlikely that Rodgers will move for the teenager though.

St Etienne will play Europa League football next season after finishing in fifth in Ligue 1. It was a successful campaign for the French club though, as they won the League Cup.

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