West Ham should firm up interest in Fedor Smolov if he impresses at World Cup

Fyodor Smolov (L) of FC Krasnodar vies for the ball with Vladimir Granat of FC Rubin Kazan during the Russian Premier League match between FC Krasnodar v FC Rubin Kazan at Krasnodar...

Reported West Ham United target and Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov will have another opportunity to impress the club during the World Cup in Russia.

Fyodor Smolov (R) of FC Krasnodar vies for the ball with Aleksandr Denisov of FC Arsenal Tula during the Russian Premier League match between FC Krasnodar v FC Arsenal Tula at Krasnodar...

West Ham United are set to make key summer signings heading into the new season, and a striker is definitely on new manager Manuel Pellegrini's wish list.

The World Cup will provide the Hammers an avenue to run the rule over a lot of options in the department, and one player they could be watching is Russian international and Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov.

West Ham were allegedly keen on the 28-year-old during the January transfer windowand so was the player at the time.

Fyodor Smolov (R) of FC Krasnodar vies for the ball with Yevgeni Makeyev of FC Rostov Rostov-on-Don during the Russian Premier League match between FC Krasnodar v FC Rostov Rostov-on-Don...

Smolov is set to lead his country's attack at the World Cup, and has issued another come-and-get-me-plea to the London Stadium outfit according to Sky Sports.

While a move before the tournament kicks off on Thursday does not seem to be on the cards, West Ham must endeavour to firm up a move for the Russian skipper if he impresses at the World Cup.

The £13million-rated Smolov has scored 63 goals in 99 games for Krasnodar and 12 times in 31 international caps, and he is expected to help lead the World Cup hosts out of Group A.

Fyodor Smolov of Russia vies for the ball with Paulinho and Gabriel Jesus of Brazil during the International friendly  match between Russia and Brazil at Luzhniki Stadium on March 23, 2018...

With Uruguay and Mohamed Salah-led Egypt favourites in the group, Russia advancing will come as a surprise, and Thursday's opener against Saudi Arabia is a perfect opportunity for them to start staking a claim for the round-of-16.

Smolov can announce himself to the world with his goals, and finally convince West Ham of his quality in the coming days, and the club must not hesitate to swoop should that be the case.

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