Agent claims Russian international Aleksandr Kokorin will join a club like West Ham

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Aleksandr Kokorin is being backed for a move to England by a Russian agent.

Dinamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin is being linked with a move to England - but Russian agent Alexey Safonov has told Izvestia that the player should be signing for a club like West Ham.

Kokorin, 24, has long been regarded as one of Russian football's stars of the future, and after 19 goals in 114 games for Dinamo Moscow, he left for Anzhi Makhachkala - but returned to Dinamo having failed to even play one game for Anzhi due to financial problems.

With 22 goals in 57 games for Dinamo in his second spell, it's clear that Kokorin is improving as he gains more experience, whilst he has also bagged ten goals in 36 games for the Russian national team, becoming their leading striker in recent years.

Now, with the January transfer window drawing ever closer, speculation surrounds Kokorin's future at Dinamo. The Sun reported last week that, with Kokorin's contract set to expire at the end of the season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is plotting a cut-price move to sign the forward next month.

It's fair to say that Arsenal may need more attacking options, but one Russian agent isn't convinced that Kokorin is good enough for the Gunners.

Alexey Safonov represents a number of Russian players, and has told Izvestia that he thinks Kokorin isn't at the level Arsenal need - and he should instead be signing for an 'average' Premier League club like West Ham United instead.

"In England, he could improve, but I do not believe that he is good enough for Arsenal," said Safonov. "This is a case when the level of the team is at a much higher level than the player. I think he eventually he will join an average British club, such as Swansea or West Ham," he added.

West Ham fans will no doubt take offence to the comments that their team is 'average', especially considering that the Hammers beat Arsenal 2-0 at the start of the season - and in fact, with West Ham enduring an injury crisis, Kokorin could be a smart target in January, if the Hammers are indeed looking for striking solutions.

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