Russian newspaper Izvestia claims that Lokomotiv Moscow are preparing a summer bid for Lyon defender Dejan Lovren.
Lokomotiv boss and former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic is a keen admirer of his compatriot and will attempt to lure him to Moscow at the end of the current campaign.
Lovren’s representative admits that his client is followed by a number of clubs from Russia’s top flight.
“Russian clubs have been watching Dejan ever since he played in Croatia,” agent Nikki Vukas confirmed to Izvestia.
“I am sure that if a tempting offer was to arrive, the club would not stand in the player’s way.”
Dejan Lovren, 23, arrived at Stade Gerland from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2010 and quickly established himself as a first team regular.
He has made a total of 71 Ligue 1 appearances for les Gones, scoring 2 goals in the process.
Lovren is considered to be an important member of the squad at Gerland, but he could be sold in the summer due to difficult financial situation.
Besides Lokomotiv, CSKA Moscow, Rubin Kazan and Liverpool are also believed to be keeping close tabs on the Croatia international.