Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov has offered a withering view on West Ham United's tactics whilst speaking to Sport-Express in his native Russia.
The Daily Mail report that Smolov, 27, is a top January target for West Ham, with the Hammers looking to push through a deal worth around £15million before Real Madrid can hijack them.
With 58 goals in 90 games for Krasnodar since signing in 2015, and 11 goals in just 28 caps for Russia, Smolov is an exciting, all-round striker who could provide David Moyes with another goalscoring threat.
Given that West Ham are struggling in the lower reaches of the Premier League table, January additions will be key – but Smolov may have killed off any chance of a move to West Ham.
Speaking to Sport-Express, Smolov has revealed that West Ham have not only contacted him about a move to the London Stadium, but have already sent two bids to Krasnodar ahead of the January transfer window.
However, Smolov noted that he watched West Ham's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, and was far from impressed with the defensive tactics, feeling that he won't fit into that style of play.
“It's true,” said Smolov. “West Ham sent a proposal to Krasnodar with a specific amount, and then, as far as I know, it was increased. They are interested, they called me.”
“But I still have a challenge in Russia. I'm thinking about the West Ham proposal. Just a lot of nuances. The English Premier League is the most intensive, complex, and West Ham is at the bottom of the table. I watched their game against Manchester City...the whole team defends. It's probably not my style,” he added.
Manager Moyes essentially had no choice but to defend against the swashbuckling City, but Moyes has a history of being a fairly defensive manager, and that approach may well have killed off West Ham's hopes of landing Smolov in January.