Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes emerges as a January target for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp‘s search for a winger in the January transfer market has led him to Spartak Moscow’s Dutch winger Quincy Promes.

Klopp is pursuing reinforcement in his wide areas following injury to Danny Ings and the likely departure of Sadio Mane on duty with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane could miss six key games for the Reds in January and February, including Premier League clashes with Manchester United and Chelsea, and a potential League Cup semi-final.

As a result, Klopp has turned to Promes, the 24-year-old Netherlands international who has been in excellent form for Spartak this season.

That is according to the Liverpool Echo, who report that Liverpool are “tracking” Promes, though it remains to be seen whether Klopp is interested in a permanent deal or a loan.

Spartak are said to value Promes at £25 million, with the winger having agreed a new contract worth around £55,000 a week in August, after months of deliberation.

This would make securing a deal difficult, but Promes is certainly a talent worth considering in 2017.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 6, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal against Watford during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Like Mane, Promes is quick, skilful and with an eye for goal, scoring five times and laying on six assists in just 10 games in the Russian Premier League so far this season.

Overall, he has registered 36 goals and 19 assists in 74 outings in all competitions for Spartak, having moved to Russia in 2014, in a £13 million deal with Eredivisie side FC Twente.

He also has 16 caps for the Netherlands, and is already familiar with Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Promes is a tactically flexible talent, able to play a variety of roles across the forward line but, crucially, he is most comfortable on the right wing.

This could see him take Mane’s place alongside Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, without affecting the balance within Klopp’s starting lineup.

Klopp has signed seven players in his time as Liverpool manager so far, as well as bringing in Steven Caulker on a short-term loan last January, and has shown his willingness to cast his net wide in search of talent.

Liverpool are also interested in signing Sardar Azmoun, from Russian side FC Rostov, while Rubin Kazan midfielder Magomed Ozdoev was also on Klopp’s radar in 2015, but no deal materialised.

Promes was one of five wingers we suggested as possible targets for Liverpool in January.

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