Zenit St Petersburg are targeting a January move for Alexander Merkel, according to reports in the Russian Press.
The former Milan midfielder has failed to make an appearance for the Zebrette this term, and is keen to leave for first team football over the winter break.
And newspaper Izvestia have claimed that Luciano Spalletti’s men are keen on bringing in the Kazakhstan-born 21-year-old.
Udinese’s feeder club Watford are also said to be interested however.
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