Despite reported interest from Liverpool, Dutch winger Quincy Promes is likely to stay with Spartak Moscow in January, it has been claimed.
Spartak moved to sign Aleksandr Samedov from Lokomotiv Moscow at the beginning of December, leading to speculation over Promes’ future.
Manchester United’s Memphis Depay is believed to be interested in joining Spartak in January, with the 22-year-old a close friend of Promes.
“Promes spoke to him about Spartak and told him everything,” Safonov said of Depay.
“It was certainly a complimentary assessment—for the city and for the club.
“The Dutch want to help Spartak to win the title, and Depay is ready to come to Moscow.”
Depay, who was close to joining Liverpool before opting to sign for United in 2015, plays with Promes for the Dutch national team, and could take up a role on the opposite flank at Spartak.
This could come as a blow for the Reds, with Klopp attesting to a paucity of attacking options at his disposal without Coutinho, Sturridge and Ings.
Mane is due to join the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, and could miss a host of key games for the Reds.
Klopp’s priority attacking target is believed to be Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic, but the manager’s former club have repeatedly stressed he is not for sale.