Liverpool are in talks with Anzhi Makhachkala over a deal to sign Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore, according to reports in Russia.
The Izvestia newspaper reports that Liverpool contacted the Russian club after being impressed with Traore's performance in Anzhi's 1-0 Europa League victory over the Reds a week ago, in which the 22-year-old scored the only goal.
And though the Anfield club may have to fight off competition from across Europe for Traore, who has impressed since his summer move to Anzhi from fellow Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, his agent suggests Liverpool are in pole position to make a deal.
"Aside from Liverpool, Udinese are another on the list of clubs to have made contact about the purchase of Traore," agent Dmitry Selyuk, told Izvestia.
"I'm afraid the Italian side won't be able to meet the player's valuation."
And Selyuk predicted that, like his Ivory Coast international team-mate Yaya Toure, Traore would play in the Premier League sooner or later.
"Remember Yaya Toure's career - I brought him to Metallurg Donetsk in 2005, then he went to Olympiakos, then Monaco, from there Barcelona," Selyuk said.
"Now Yaya is a Manchester City player. Undoubtedly Russia won't be the last place Traore works. The day is coming when he will play in the Premier League."
However, according to Selyuk, Traore is in no rush to complete his move to Liverpool.
"At the moment Lacina is happy with his situation at Anzhi," Selyuk added. "Not long ago he signed a new contract until June 2016.
"There's no reason for Traore to rush."
With Toure having joined Anzhi in the summer for a reported €18million, the Russian side, backed by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov, would expect to make a profit on the 6'8" striker.
That may test Liverpool's resolve, with boss Brendan Rodgers admitting last week that the Anfield side "are not in the same financial league as other clubs".Earlier this month, however, Rodgers did tell the club's official website that there would be funds to enter the transfer market in January.