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Compared to Messi, loved by Klopp, West Ham reportedly want Sardar Azmoun

According to a report from Italian media outlet Area Napoli, West Ham are keen to sign Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Sardar Azmoun. The Iranian has been compared to Lionel Messi and courted by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp since 2016 (Daily Mail).

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The 25-year-old joined the Russian giants for around £12 million in February 2019 (AS).

West Ham boss David Moyes will surely be keen to bolster his attacking ranks in the summer.

Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti have both disappointed since moving to the London Stadium in the summer of 2019.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

And Area Napoli claims that the Hammers manager could be looking to rectify that issue by signing Zenit ace Azmoun.

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The 41-capped Iran international must have something about him. Liverpool wouldn’t have been tracking him for so long otherwise.

The 25-year-old has been in fine form for Zenit over the past 14 months. In 45 appearances, he has racked up 26 goals and 10 assists (Transfermarkt).

Azmoun is very strong in their air. In 27 outings for Zenit this season, the 6ft 1in hitman has won an average of two aerial duals per game (Who Scored).

Sardar Azmoun (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

He is also incredibly skilful.

The 25-year-old seems to be tailor made for the Premier League.

There could be a problem, however. Area Napoli claims that Zenit will demand at least €35 million (£30 million) for Azmoun. And that could prove to be an issue for West Ham, considering the financial ramifications of the current global health crisis.

Perhaps Liverpool will come back in for him? They are more likely to be able to afford the £30 million fee.

The Hammers have their work cut-out. But if they have any chance of signing Azmoun, they must take it. The Iran international could be a real hit at the London Stadium.


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