West Ham Targeting Russian Star Fedor Smolov

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West Ham United know they must improve their attacking line during the January transfer window to avoid further complications on the relegation standings. And their new manager, David Moyes, has already set his sights on one target as he tries to lift them clear of danger.

According to a report from the Mail, the Hammers “are ready to step up their interest” in Fedor Smolov. The Krasnodar star is one of the best strikers in the Russian Premier League, and is expected to be an important player for Russia in the 2018 World Cup next year.

Smolov has settled as an important player for the national team, and he scored twice against Spain in a recent friendly. That performance caught the eye of several clubs around Europe.

The Russian international could cost around £15 million, but The Hammers are not alone in the pursuit of the Krasnodar star. West Ham could face competition from both Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen, as the two Bundesliga sides have enquired on Smolov’s availability during January as well.

Smolov wouldn’t be the only arrival at the London Stadium, though. Moyes is keen to strengthen the side on both ends of the pitch, and is reportedly looking at the market to add at least one defender and one midfielder. But right now Smolov appears as a key piece for West Ham’s chances of potentially avoiding a drop to the Championship next year.