West Ham United wise to make move for Fyodor Smolov in January

Russia's Fedor Smolov celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during an international friendly football match between Russia and Spain at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint...

The Russian captain could be a star a next summer's World Cup.

Fedor Smolov (R) of Russia vies for the ball with Sergio Busquets of Spain during Russia and Spain International friendly match on November 14, 2017 at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint...Fedor Smolov (R) of Russia vies for the ball with Sergio Busquets of Spain 

This week has seen West Ham United linked with a move for Russia international captain Fyodor Smolov. The Daily Mail reported that the Hammers have been looking into signing the player for a fee of £15 million.

His form this season certainly warrants the interest. His recent brace against Spain for Russia caught the eye, and he has scored 11 goals in 13 games for club and country this season - following on from excellent form the past two seasons with FC Krasnodar.

Russia's Fedor Smolov celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during an international friendly football match between Russia and Spain at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint...Russia's Fedor Smolov celebrates after scoring the team's third goal 

West Ham, who are battling relegation and have recently appointed David Moyes as their new manager, are certainly doing the right thing making a move for him in January.

Russia are hosting the World Cup in the summer and Smolov is expected to lead his nation to glory on home soil. He certainly has the potential to star at the tournament and at 28-years-old will be in his prime.

Andrei Arshavin of Russia celebrates Russia's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2008 Quarter Final match between Netherlands and Russia at St. Jakob-Park on June 21, 2008 in Basel,...Andrei Arshavin of Russia celebrates Russia's third goal during UEFA EURO 2008 

Russian fans are hoping he can have a similar impact as Andrei Arshavin did, when Russia made the semi-finals at Euro 2008. After that tournament teams were queuing up to sign the talented Russian and if Smolov thrives in the same way, such a queue will form again.

West Ham making a move in January is the smart approach to bringing in the Russian captain, before he potentially puts himself on the world map at Russia 2018, and adds plenty of cash to his monetary value.

 

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