Spartak Moscow are reported to be willing to sell Liverpool target Quincy Promes in January, after signing the winger’s replacement.
Promes has been mooted with a winter move to Merseyside, with Jurgen Klopp drawing up a list of targets to reinforce his attack following a number of injuries.
Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are all currently sidelined, while Sadio Mane is due to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, leaving Liverpool short of options.
This has seen Klopp turn to youngsters Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn in recent weeks, but this could prove to be a stopgap.
Spartak have secured the signing of 32-year-old winger Aleksandr Samedov from rivals Lokomotiv Moscow, and according to reports in Russia, broadcaster Match TV claim this will see Promes leave the club:
Spartak are READY to sell Quincy Promes and that's why they've decided to sign Aleksandr Samedov from Loko. Huge news given by Match TV.
— Stefano Conforti (@confortistefano) December 4, 2016
Samedov is an experienced outlet on the right flank, and looks set to take up the role Promes has played regularly for Spartak since his move from FC Twente in 2014.
Promes has previously been valued at £25 million, and Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are reportedly ready to sanction a big-money outlay in January.
Klopp’s priority target is said to remain Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic, but the United States international could prove difficult to prise from the Westfalenstadion midway through the season.
A move for Promes, who has scored five goals and laid on seven assists in 13 games in this season’s Russian Premier League, would present a strong alternative.
Able to perform a variety of roles across the forward line, Promes could cover for the absences of Coutinho and Mane, joining the likes of Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in Klopp’s attack.
Klopp was interested in signing Promes back in 2014 when he was manager at Dortmund, and is clearly an admirer of his talents.
At 24, Promes could slot into Klopp’s first-team setup immediately, but also has the scope to develop under the German in the Premier League.
All signs point to a January bid, but with Spartak challenging at the top end of the table this season, after finishing fourth, sixth, sixth and fifth in the last four seasons, whether they are definitely looking to sell their joint-top scorer is questionable.