The Boot Room – ST. PETERSBERG, Sardar Azmoun has impressed since his Wolves move fell through.
Wolverhampton Wanderers spent much of the January transfer window searching for a new striker to compete with Raul Jimenez.
In their bid to finish seventh, Wolves felt they needed another striker to push Jimenez for the starting spots.
Sardar Azmoun was close to agreeing a move from Rubin Kazan, initially on loan ahead of a permanent summer move. But this is where the deal broke down.
According to Sky Sports News, Wolves wanted an option to buy, while Rubin Kazan insisted on an obligation to buy with a pre-set transfer fee of £11.5m.
Wolves pulled the plug on this potential deal and Azmoun instead stayed in Russia, moving to Zenit St Petersburg.
Since his switch to Zenit, the 24-year-old has been in sensational form. With five goals in five matches, he is showing signs that he could have been a success at Wolves.
Azmoun is highly rated by club and country; the Iran international has scored 28 goals in just 45 games for the national team, earning the nickname ‘Iranian Messi’.
Whether he would have been an instant hit in England remains to be seen but his natural aptitude for scoring goals suggests he was worth a punt.
Wolves have no guarantees over whether they will be able to make Raul Jimenez’s deal permanent next summer so Azmoun would have been a shrewd acquisition.