Blow for Klopp as Liverpool, Leicester transfer target issues January update

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Liverpool, Leicester City and Crystal Palace target Khouma Babacar has insisted that he wants a long future at Fiorentina and is not planning to leave the club for at least two years.

The three Premier League sides were linked to the Senegal forward ahead of the January transfer window, with the Express naming the powerful frontman among the Reds’ transfer targets and The Guardian suggesting that Palace were set to rival Leicester for the signing of the Fiorentina man, but were also considering moves for Michy Batshuayi of Olympique de Marseille and Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers.

Babacar, who retains more than a passing similarity to Didier Drogba, is a powerful and mobile operator who has scored four goals in eight Serie A outings so far this term, of which five were starts.

He’s also found the net twice in Europa League action, and could prove to be a decisive figure as Fiore chase the Scudetto.

However, the 22-year-old has insisted that he is not looking to leave the club, and is desperate to complete ten years with the Tuscany outfit.

“I want to stay in Florence and cross the landmark of 10 years in purple,” he began, speaking to Tuttosport [via TMW].

“We’ll see. I arrived here at 15, in 2008, and at least until 2018 I want to stay, at least unless the club decides otherwise.

“I renewed my contract in summer until 2019, with an option until 2020. I have all the time and space to try and win something in what has been my only city since I left Senegal. Winning in Florence would be the best thing.”

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