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Russian international previously turned down multiple offers from West Ham due to “playstyle differences”

New reports suggest reinvigorated interest

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Russian international and FC Krasnodar forward, Fedor Smolov, didn’t pull any punches in regards to a possible move to London. In an interview published by Russian newspaper, Sport Express, Smolov admits there have been multiple bids made, with each one turned down.

The continued search for a forward just emboldens the rumors that forwards Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho are circling the exit door. It seems then David Sullivan’s search for replacements are truly being stretched out globally.

Smolov is an experienced player who has spent most of his developing years with Dynamo Moscow. However, his last few years ended in less than stellar loan spells culminating in a final move to FC Krasnodar in 2015.

The 27 year old did find immediate success when finally given time in front of net and has racked up an impressive 48 goals in just 64 appearances.

Fedor expressed his lack of desire to play for West Ham just over a month ago, so we’re unsure how much has actually changed since then. Perhaps money is enough of a motivating factor but we’ve seen how that can pan out should he not immediately fit into the system he doesn’t care for, or the Premier League. However, if the rumored amount of £15m is accurate, it’s probably worth the gamble.

Conversely, some outlets have now reported Smolov is now open to the move, should the club successfully transfer out Diafra Sakho, making room for him on the first team. Even more encouraging for fans, Smolov has denied being linked to other rumored club, Besiktas, while Zenith could not agree with Krasnodar on a transfer fee. This leaves lone suitor West Ham, ready and willing, panting heavily.

But will Fedor Smolov change his opinion of West Ham United’s attacking ambitions?

See the full interview below:

Recently passed the information that you are interested in “West Ham”.

It’s true. Londoners sent to Krasnodar a proposal with a specific amount, and then, as far as I know, it was increased. They are interested, they called me. But...

- But?

But I still have a championship in Russia. I’m thinking about the West Ham proposal. Just a lot of nuances. English championship is the most intensive, complex. And West Ham is at the bottom of the table. I watched his game against the “City”. The whole team defends. It’s probably not my style.

- What is your dream now?

In general, I always dreamed of winning the Champions League with “Milan” .