Wolves in hunt to sign prolific forward tearing up top-flight with third-placed club - report
Wolves have joined the hunt to sign Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Fulham are also interested in Smolov, 28, after sending scouts to watch him score two goals against Lokomotiv Moscow last week.
It is understood that West Ham had a bid worth £11million rejected by Russia’s third-placed club in December, but they will now consider offloading the prolific forward this summer for £12million.
Smolov has been tearing up Russia’s top-flight this season and is currently the Russian Premier League’s top goalscorer by scoring 14 times in 21 league games.
Football Insider verdict
Smolov is about to embark on a big few months where he will represent Russia at their home World Cup and also have a big decision to make on his club future. It seems as though Kransodar are willing to cash in on the striker who has scored 63 goals in 98 appearances for them since joining in 2015 and Wolves fans should be happy if they are able to snap him up. The problem is that Wolves are going to be linked with a lot of strikers this summer unless Nuno Espirito Santo gets one of two deals wrapped up early. Jorge Mendes can be expected to play a role in that with some of his clients desperate for moves to the Premier League. Smolov has no affiliation with Mendes and is probably not someone that Nuno will look at. However he should be because the Russian’s goalscoring record over the last few years is definitely something that should attract bids.
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