Iranian Messi Getting Premier League Interest


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Rubin Kazan star Sardar Azmoun is being chased by five clubs claims the Birmingham Mail, with Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers among them.

Everton and Leicester City are the other top-flight clubs reported to be monitoring the Iran international with Celtic and Championship promotion hopefuls Fulham also keen.

Azmoun, with 23 goals in 31 appearances for his country, including a goal in the 1 – 1 draw with Russia played in Kazan.

The 23-year-old has been in Russian Premier League for five years. He moved to Rubin Kazan in January 2013 and after two seasons with Rostov, returned to the Tartarstan-based club last summer.

At Rostov, he enjoyed his most productive time in front of goal in club football, scoring 25 goals in 77 appearances. For Rubin, it is 11 in 57; not quite as prolific as his Argentinian namesake.

Media hyperbole is something Azmoun is getting used to. As well as being compared to Messi, he was previously the Iranian Zlatan, as well as being anointed the heir apparent in Iranian football to Ali Daei.

Valencia were also interested in Azmoun last summer, but the current set of suitors comes from the British Isles. The midfielder spoke previously about playing for Tractor Sazi in the Persian Gulf Pro League, but it seems that dream will just have to wait.