By Brendan Rodgers' own admission, Luis Suarez "needs that support of instinctive goal scorers" and the latest hitman to be touted as a potential target is Anzhi Makhachkala's Lacina Traore. With more, it's talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight…
Name: Lacina Traore
Date of birth: 20 May, 1990
Birthplace: Conakry, Guinea
Club: Anzhi Makhachkala
International: Ivory Coast U23 (five caps/three goals)
What's the latest?
Since joining big-spending Anzhi in the summer, Lacina Traore has developed into one of Europe's most improved strikers and as such has been mooted for a move to England, with Liverpool seen as the most likeliest destination. This season looks set to be his most prolific, with Traore having bagged eight league goals in 11 appearances (correct as of 13/11/12). Anzhi aren't short of money, however, being owned by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and look like they could qualify for the Champions League next season.
Did you know?
1) Traore started his football career as a student at former France international Jean-Marc Guillou's football school ASEC Mimosas, shortly before joining Stade d'Abidjan in 2007.
2) It was at Romanian side CFR Cluj that Traore began to show his true talents and regular European football allowed him to feature at the highest level.
3) He is nicknamed the “Gentle Giant”, due to his 6ft 8in frame.
4) Despite his height, Traore has attracted interest for his technical ability and intelligent play. He has shown this in abundance this season, including against Liverpool, against whom he grabbed the winner during their recent Europa League clash with a brilliantly taken goal.
5) Liverpool were reportedly close to signing Traore in the summer of 2011. Despite suggestions that he would be keen on a switch to the Premier League, a deal failed to materialise and he eventually joined Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar for an estimated €6m.
“England is a great place to play, I am no different to any other player. It is a dream but I am happy here, although you never know.”
“Traore has all the attributes, height, technique, speed, in order to start playing in England. For Liverpool, he would be a good buy, especially given the current state of affairs in the team.” Volga Nizhny Novgorod manager and former Manchester United star Andrei Kanchelskis
Lacina Traore showing his goal-scoring ability in the Russian Premier League this season
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