West Ham are reportedly set to bid £15m for Russian international striker Fyodor Smolov from Krasnodar, according to the Evening Standard.

Smolov is a proven goalscorer, having been at Krasnodar for two and a half seasons, scoring 48 goals in 64 league appearances. However, he could be ready for the challenge of the Premier League.

This incredible goalscoring record has seen him named the top scorer in the Russian top flight for the last two seasons.

The 27-year-old has previously played for Dinamo Moscow, Anzhi and Feyenoord. He is also currently a regular for the Russian National Team, the hosts of this years World Cup.

The move could happen due to the imminent departure of Diafra Sakho to Crystal Palace, although it is believed that West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United are to come in with late offers for the Senegalese striker.


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It is also believed that David Moyes will listen to offers for Hammers’ striker Javier Hernandez, after scoring just four goals this current campaign, meaning a striker may become the priority.

It is not the priority now, as that is West Ham’s midfield, with Moyes’ men being linked with Jack Wilshere, Joe Allen and Harry Arter.

So Smolov may be heading to West Ham for a fee of around £15m if Sakho is to leave, but whether he is up to the challenge of the Premier League is a different matter, and if his strength and goals can help West Ham fight further up the table.