Russian striker Fedor Smolov claims he has snubbed an offer to join West Ham United because the Hammers are ‘near the bottom’ of the Premier League table.

The quotes come from Russian Football News’ Twitter page, where the 27-year-old also highlights the recent performance against Manchester City as another reason he does not want to move to East London, claiming that the defensive style of play employed by David Moyes’ side does not suit his game.

There was also a report in Spanish newspaper Marca this week claiming that Real Madrid were taking a look at Smolov as they look to add a forward to their ranks in January.

Whether the interest in the Krasnodar hitman is real or just a plot to boost his profile in European football remains to be seen.

Smolov started his professional career with Dynamo Moscow in 2007 and spent time on loan at a number of sides, including Dutch giants Feyenoord, before making a permanent move to his current employers in 2015.

Until that point the Russia international, who has bagged 11 goals for his country, had failed to consistently find the net with any club.

However, since joining Krasnodar he has been prolific, scoring 59 times in 90 appearances across all competitions, as well as providing 16 assists for his team-mates.

West Ham currently occupy 19th place in England’s top flight and have scored just 13 goals in 15 league matches this term.

Whilst signing a striker may be something that Moyes is looking at in January, it would certainly be a gamble to bring in a player who has no experience in Europe’s top five leagues given the perilous position the Irons are in at present.

With these comments it seems that any move for Smolov would be a non-starter and the Scot would be better served pursuing other targets.

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