Celtic among five teams keen to agree deal with Rubin Kazan for 23-year-old

Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham and Celtic are interested in Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun and could battle it out for his signature this summer, reports the Daily Star.

The 23-year-old joined Rubin from FK Rostov last summer and has scored and created 10 goals in 25 games in all competitions for his new club. Azmoun, who boasts 22 goals in 30 caps for the Iran national team, is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest prospects and could be on the move in the coming months as a result.

Celtic are in need for a striker as manager Brendan Rodgers could lose Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Édouard at the end of the season. The Hoops will be left with Leigh Griffiths in attack unless they can bring another player in, but Azmoun might be difficult to sign as there are a lot of other clubs who want him.

Leicester have been linked, but it’s unlikely the Iran striker would be a regular given Jamie Vardy is first-choice while Shinji Okazaki and Kelechi Iheanacho provide cover. Everton are the other Premier League side in the race for Azmoun, but a move could depend on who is in charge next summer, with Sam Allardyce’s future as manager uncertain.

The 23-year-old could be a good acquisition for Celtic if they could agree a deal this summer, but the Rubin centre-forward may be tough to get over the line.

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