Galatasaray join race for Lacina Traore

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Liverpool face fierce competition from Galatasaray as they pursue Anzhi Makhachkala striker, Lacina Traore.

Brendan Rodgers has long been linked with a move for the 23-year-old forward, but now the Turkish giants have joined the race for the player's signature.

Traore seemed nailed on to move to Juventus after Dinamo Moscow boss and former Chelsea ace Dan Petrescu revealed he had given up hope of landing the Ivorian, admitting that he expected the powerful frontman to move to Serie A this winter.

However, the Daily Express are reporting that Galatasaray have refused to be put off by Petrescu's comments and have stepped up their interest in Traore.

The player's agent, Dmitry Selyuk, has revealed that a number of clubs remain in the hunt to land Traore - Liverpool and Galatasaray included.

Selyuk told Izvestia: "Recent developments have not changed Traore's relationship with Anzhi.

"Moreover, he believes that the change of direction towards development will benefit the club.

"He loves to work with [new coach] Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, who has assured him that he counts on Lacina as the main striker.

"But I can't deny that in the case of a decent proposal that suits both us and Anzhi, Lacina could still change club.

"The interest in Traore in Russia and Europe is quite large.

"Therefore, if we get a good offer in the winter I think the leadership of Anzhi will let him go.

"But there are not many teams that could afford to pay the price for the player."

Liverpool have been on the lookout for striking reinforcements, though with Luis Suarez set to return from suspension and given Daniel Sturridge's impressive start to the season, whether Rodgers attempts to bring Traore to Anfield in January remains to be seen.

Traore, who scored 12 goals in 24 games for Anzhi last season, is valued at around £12 million.

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