West Ham United’s chances of signing predatory Russian striker Fyodor Smolov have improved, with Sky Sports claiming that the Krasnodar forward wants a January move to the London Stadium.
The Hammers are being touted with the potential sale of Diafra Sakho this month, as a host of Premier League rivals reportedly circle around the out-of-favour Senegal international.
As such, West Ham boss David Moyes could well decide to dip into the market to find a replacement, with Smolov regularly linked with the Irons.
The 27-year-old has an excellent scoring record in his homeland, while he has also netted 11 times in 28 appearances for the Russian national team.
The majority of West Ham fans believed the club had solved their lack of a proven goalscorer in the summer with the signing of Javier Hernandez, but the Mexican has not yet shown his best form in London.
The potential addition of another international centre forward to drive competition for places in Moyes’ squad would be a positive thing.
Sky Sports claim that a West Ham offer for the 27-year-old is expected should Sakho depart and state the Krasnodar man is available for a £15m fee.
While the capture of a new striker would certainly be a cause of optimism for the Hammers supporters, Moyes’ priorities in this window appear to lie in other positions.
The West Ham boss has been linked with moves for a host of new centre-halves, as the Scottish manager looks to make the London club more difficult to beat and compact.
With Jose Fonte also on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, Moyes has been robbed of one of his defensive options as he looks to orchestrate progress up the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, West Ham continue to be linked with central midfielders, with a perceived lack of leadership and accurate distribution in the heart of the team.
The January window will be an important one for Moyes and the Hammers, but as yet it has been quiet on the transfer front.
Smolov would be a welcome addition at West Ham, but the Russian would need to succeed where a host of his compatriots had failed by making an impact in England.