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.
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.
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.