Someone is trying very hard indeed to get the name Aleksander Kokorin into the mix for the final week of the transfer window. The 24 year old Dynamo Moscow striker has all of a sudden become one of the most linked names in the transfer window rumour mill. At least in Russia.
Around a week ago we covered reports from Russia which quoted French agent Christophe Hutteau as saying "At the moment I'm working on a transfer for Kokorin. His services have interested Manchester United and Tottenham. There is every reason to believe that the player will be at one of those clubs by August 31."
Both clubs had allegedly started initial talks to sign the striker and it was claimed a deal could be done before the end of the transfer window.
However, we continued to dig on the claims and found denials from several people involved. Kokorin’s stepfather and agent, Cyril Loginov, refuted Hutteau’s alleged claims to SovSport.ru, calling the man an “impostor” and a “scoundrel” who is just “trying to get rich suddenly”.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you the Tass article wasn't reliable, SovSport.ru managed to get hold of Christophe Hutteau himself to ask him a few questions on the matter. The French agent was quick to deny the claims saying: “I am not Kokorin’s agent and never told anyone I was his agent”.
That looked like the bottom of Tottenham and Manchester United talks and interest generally. On Monday emerged claims regarding Arsenal. Russia's Gazeta said that Kokorin was close to an Arsenal transfer.
However, then Loginov was quoted by Sports.ru as saying "I have not heard anything about this, I do not know anything about interest from the Arsenal."
It's that time of the window folks!