Real Madrid are stepping up their quest to sign CSKA Moscow star Alan Dzagoev in the winter transfer window, according to a report in Sport-Express.
Only last week Los Merengues were linked to the 19-year-old playmaker, but now the rumours have grown and a bid is expected to be made in December to line up a January move.
Dzagoev has risen to prominence in his two years in the CSKA first-team and is now being watched by several of Europe's major clubs.
CSKA recognise that their starlet is attracting attention and will place a hefty price tag on his head as they can afford to keep him and will not be bullied into a sale.
Former Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos is currently in charge of the Russian outfit, but his contract only runs until December. However, he could be asked how to handle his former club if they do make a move.
Having started his career with Krylia Sovetov in the second flight, Beslan-born Dzagoev joined CSKA in 2007. He won his first appearance for Russia in October 2008.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com