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Changchun Yatai reportedly interested in Adam Taggart, giving Zivkovic a strong partner

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The winter transfer window is fast approaching and Changchun Yatai are reportedly interested in Australian striker Adam Taggart.

Changchun Yatai are in need of some upgrades with their import players largely disappointing in last season’s 5th-place China League One finish, apart from Richairo Zivkovic.

After reports suggested interest in Ghanaian striker Michael Sarpong, it appears that new manager Samvel Babayan has set himself even loftier goals, with reports out of South Korea believing the club to be in the hunt for Adam Taggart.

The 26-year-old Australian international is coming off a season in which he helped Suwon Samsung Bluewings to the Korean FA Cup and finished the season as top goalscorer in K-League 1 with 20 in 33 appearances.

With Changchun Yatai desperate to return to the top tier of Chinese football next season, a more threatening attack would go a long way in achieving that, with Zivkovic and Tan Long needing some extra support.

With the K-League being of a higher standard than China League One, landing last season’s top goalscorer would be a huge coup for the Northeastern club.

A line-up that featured Zivkovic, Taggart, Tan Long and the likes of Yang Chaosheng would be a serious threat to the rest of the league and would put Changchun Yatai in a strong position to mount a title challenge in 2020.

While it will be a difficult task to lure Taggart away from South Korea, the fact that Changchun is linked with his signature is a truly positive sign that the club’s hierarchy are willing to make the necessary moves to help get the club back to where it should be.

James Reeve is a British sports writer and the correspondent on Changchun Yatai for Wild East Football. James has followed the club since 2012, lived in the North-Eastern city between August 2013 and March 2018 and was a season ticket holder for the 2015 CSL campaign.

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