By Danny Wright
West Ham are to launch a £15million bid to sign Krasnodar forward Fedor Smolov in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Smolov, 27, is keen on a switch to London with him having just 18 months left on his contract with Russian top-flight side Krasnodar.
It is understood that Borussia Dortmund and Stoke have also kept tabs on the Russia international in the past, but it is now David Moyes who has his sights on the European striker as he looks to strengthen the spine of his West Ham team in January.
Smolov has been unable to stop scoring for club and country this season, with eight goals in 12 Premier Liga appearances for Krasnodar as well as recently netting a brace against Spain in an international friendly.
The prolific Russian goal machine was also on fire last season when he smashed a stunning 25 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions, including six in the Europa League.
Football Insider Verdict
Smolov looks like he could really cure the lack of goals that is plaguing the West Ham first-team. Javier Hernandez has failed to find the net as often as everyone hoped while Andy Carroll is as poor as ever and Diafra Sakho seems like he wants out. Smolov would be a smart option and for £15million is a really good buy for someone who has recently made mincemeat of the Spanish defence. The Russian is also able to play in the wide positions but with Moyes seemingly looking to strengthen the spine of the team, he could choose Smolov to lead the line. Not many players have come over from Russia and hit the ground running though in England. West Brom for example have had mixed successes with Peter Odemwingie and Salomon Rondon.
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