Report: Crystal Palace keeping tabs on Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov

Fedor Smolov of Russia acknowledges the fans  followingthe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Uruguay and Russia at Samara Arena on June 25, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Crystal Palace are reportedly keeping an eye on Russia striker Fedor Smolov at the World Cup.

Fedor Smolov of Russia is challenged by Ahmed Hegazy and Tarek Hamed of Egypt  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Russia and Egypt at Saint Petersburg Stadium on...

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is considering bolstering his attacking ranks with a new striker ahead of next season, and is keeping tabs on Krasnodar striker Fedor Smolov according to Sport Express.

Agent Shandor Varga told Sport Express about Palace's interest in Smolov when asked whether the Krasnodar striker or Artem Dzyuba had interest from teams in Europe.

Belgium international Christian Benteke failed to convince last term, scoring just three times in 31 league appearances, and their lack of quality firepower in front of goal saw them battle relegation for the majority of the campaign.

Smolov bagged 14 goals in 22 outings for the Russian side last term, and despite recently losing his starting spot to Dzyuba at the World Cup, he is expected to feature when they face Spain in the last-16.

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The 28-year-old has just a year left on his current contract at Krasnodar, and has often expressed his willingness to play in the Premier League.

Abdullah Almuaiouf of Saudi Arabia makes a save on Fedor Smolov of Russia  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June...

West Ham United were linked with Smolov in January, but a move fell through, and it remains to be seen if they still retain interest.

Russia progressed to the round-of-16 in second place behind Uruguay after winning two and losing one of their group fixtures.

Despite the World Cup hosts scoring eight goals, Smolov is yet to get his name on the score sheet, but he bagged a brace in a 3-3 friendly against Spain last November, and would fancy his chances when they meet again.

Fedor Smolov of Russia looks dejected following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Uruguay and Russia at Samara Arena on June 25, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Crystal Palace will be keeping an eye on the former Dynamo Moscow man against La Roja, and whether he scores or not, his tally of 52 league goals in 73 appearances over the last four campaigns suggests he could be the perfect man to lead their line going forward.

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