Fyodor Smolov | West Ham interested in prolific FC Krasnodar striker

West Ham are apparently interested in signing Russian striker Fyodor Smolov. The 27 year old, who currently plies his trade for Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League, has been the top scorer in the RPL for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons after moving to FCK from Dynamo Moscow in 2015.

With Diafra Sakho heading for the exit door and Moyes also thinking of allowing Javier Hernandez to move on, West Ham would definitely need attacking replacements and Smolov, who will reportedly cost somewhere around £15m, is being thought of as an option.

Smolov has previously told the Russian press that he thought West Ham were “too defensive” a side (he said it after their 2-1 loss to Man City when the Hammers were forced to absorb large spells of pressure by the likes of De Bruyne and co.) and would not suit his style of play. It now appears that he has had a u-turn and is open to the idea of a move to the London Stadium

Smolov has effectively played his entire career in Russia, bar a short stint on loan at Feyenoord back in 2010. He was part of the Russian squad that took part in the Confederations Cup last year and even netted a brace in their 3-3 draw against Spain in November. He is also one of the three designated vice captains of the Russian national football team.

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