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Liverpool face tough competition to land Russian-based ace

Lacina+Traore+Liverpool+FC+v+FC+Anzhi+Makhachkala+UKU7Gf4nRuklLiverpool fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern are turning their attention away from the big screen and over to the pool table after hearing a snippet from the Daily Express.

The publication seems to think that the Reds could well face some stiff competition in their January pursuit of Lacina Traore.

The Ivorian forward has been a target of Brendan Rodgers for some time now and was all set for an approach from the Reds back in January.

Given current club Anzhi Makhachkala are willing to sell – for the right price of course – it seemed that a deal would be fairly simple.

Liverpool have begun the season in a manner that few would have expected after the club weathered a turbulent summer that saw many fans ordering our top shelf tequila.

After managing to keep Luis Suarez at the club after much doubt while bringing in some fresh faces to boot, Rodgers had a pretty successful few months. Add to that the fact they sit unbeaten at the top of the Premier League table and you have a very happy red half of Merseyside.

Once we tell the loyal Reds fans that Turkish giants Galatasaray are also keen on Traore, this all changes.

Not only are the Istanbul giants considering a bid, but Juventus are also big fans of the forward. Given the player netted 12 goals in 24 games for the Russian side last season, it is not a shock that such attention is being placed on him.

Rodgers is thought to have a long standing interest in the player, and will go toe to toe with any other suitors.

Will Liverpool eventually get their hands on Traore or do they have enough talent up top already? Let us know your thoughts below.

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