Has Smolov damaged his chances of joining West Ham or Crystal Palace?

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 30, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Russia striker Fedor Smolov has been linked with Premier League duo West Ham United and Crystal Palace - but has struggled in the World Cup.

Russia's forward Fedor Smolov (L) reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Uruguay and Russia at the Samara Arena in Samara...

Fedor Smolov went into the World Cup as Russia’s great hope and first choice centre-forward. That didn’t last long.

The Krasnodar talisman failed to make any sort of impact in 70 minutes on the pitch in the opening 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately for him, replacement Artem Dzyuba scored a clinical header minutes after coming off the bench and has stayed in the XI ever since.

So despite an admirable scoring record in the Russian league over the last few years, where he has scored 52 goals in 73 games, Smolov’s World Cup struggles should make any Premier League suitors think twice.

Russia's forward Fedor Smolov attends a training session in Novogorsk outside Moscow on June 26, 2018, ahead of the 2018 World Cup Round of 16 Football match between Russia and Spain. (...

Sport Express report that a Crystal Palace side desperately in need of a new goalscorer are keeping a close eye on Smolov, who has one year left on his current contract at Krasnodar and has previously expressed an interest in playing in England.

And Sky Sports reported back in March that the 28-year-old, who could cost up to £13 million, is keen on a move to West Ham after very nearly moving to the London Stadium earlier in the season.

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...

The Hammers, like Palace, left a lot to be desired going forward in 2017/18 with Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez struggling to find their shooting boots for much of the campaign.

But Smolov’s no-show at the World Cup makes signing a 28-year-old striker from Russia seem all the more risky. If he cannot make an impression against a dismal Saudi Arabia side while offering next to nothing versus Russia or Uruguay either, how can he be expected to lead the line for a Premier League club?

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