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Fyodor Smolov has a chance to show West Ham what they are missing in World Cup opener

The Russian forward was heavily linked with West Ham earlier this year.

Mathew Nash

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The World Cup gets underway in Russia tomorrow afternoon, with the host nation taking on Saudi Arabia in Moscow. The home side will be hoping to make their territorial advantage count and get off to a flying start. The man tasked with grabbing the goals for Russia on this occasion is Krasnodar forward Fyodor Smolov.

Many are tipping the 28-year-old to have a similar breakout performance at the World Cup as a certain Andrei Arshavin did at the European Championships in 2008.

With 14 goals and six assists for his club this season, the Russia forward will look to grab the goals for his nation, working off of big-man Artem Dzyuba in attack.

For West Ham fans, they may get a taste of what they are missing.

The Hammers have long been linked with a move for the attacker. Back in January, it was reported by Sky Sports that West Ham were in talks to sign the Russia captain.

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Then, The Sun reported that a £15 million deal was close. That was in March, with Sky Sports also reporting the player wanted a deal tied up before the World Cup began.

Well, unless something drastic happens in the next 24 hours, that failed to materialise.

West Ham seemingly did not pursue Smolov as vigorously as previously reported and that could be a shame.

Fans in his homeland are positive he will be the catalyst for any success from Russia at the World Cup this summer and if he does bag a hat-load of goals West Ham will not want reminding of their apparent disinterest in concluding a deal.

Smolov has the perfect opportunity to show West Ham just what they are missing and put himself in the shop window for another club to come calling.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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West Ham round-up: club consider move for Chris Smalling, suffer setback in chase for Felipe Anderson

A round-up of the day’s most interesting news surrounding West Ham

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Ambitious swoop

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s outfit this season, but failed to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. And West Ham are considering using his omission to their advantage, as they weigh up a potential move for his services this summer, according to Metro.

The club are set to back Manuel Pellegrini with “record funds” this summer (BBC Sport), which will allow the ex-Manchester City boss to be ambitious with his targets in the market, and Smalling would represent a serious coup in east London.

Jose Mourinho has identified an additional central defender as key priority this summer, and the Englishman could find himself facing a limited role at Old Trafford next term if he stays.

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Set back for winger

Pellegrini has suffered a setback in his quest to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio this summer, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com, as both parties are currently unable to agree over financial issues.

According to the report, Lazio want £30.5 million as transfer fee plus £4.3 million in bonuses, but West Ham are currently unwilling to spend in excess of £26 million, as they look to bolster the squad in multiple areas.

Moreover, the Italian club are asserting that any deal must have a selling on fee for the Brazilian, meaning they would receive a percentage of the transfer fee, if West Ham were to sell the 25-year-old in the future.

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Boost for defender

Nice have announced that long-spanning West Ham target Marlon Santos will not have to fulfil the initial expectation of two-loan seasons with Ligue 1 outfit, and will instead return to parent club Barcelona after completing his first year, according to Sky Sports.

A statement on Nice’s official website said: “In agreement with Barcelona, the Brazilian who was loaned to Nice last summer will not wear the Nice colours in 2018-19. He now returns to the Catalan club.”

Pellegrini will now likely revive his interest in the £22 million rated centre-back, while also courting Chris Smalling and Swansea defender Alfie Mawson.

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West Ham weigh up bid for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling following World Cup omission

West Ham are considering moving for Manchester United’s first-choice regular.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s outfit this season, but failed to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. And West Ham are considering using his omission to their advantage, as they weigh up a potential move for his services this summer, according to Metro.

Mourinho has identified an additional central defender as key priority this summer, with Tottenham superstar Toby Alderweireld among a host of targets, following on from the signings of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto right-back Diogo Dalot. And Smalling could find himself facing a limited role at Old Trafford next term as a result.

West Ham are reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old a crucial first-team role at the London Stadium,with Manuel Pellegrini in the market for quality additions to bolster his squad ahead of loftier ambitions next season.

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The club are set to back the Chilean coach with “record funds” this summer (BBC Sport), which will allow the ex-Manchester City boss to be ambitious with his targets in the market, and Smalling would represent a serious coup in east London.

Other high-profile pursuits are currently stalling over financial demands, with Javier Pastore yet to agree personal terms, while Lazio are asserting that a “sell on clause” must be inserted for Felipe Anderson. 

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And so the Hammers may consider turning their present focus onto the United defender. However, it is unlikely Mourinho will let a first-team regular depart the club without a direct replacement in the offing. So West Ham will be keeping a watchful eye over United’s progress for an additional centre-back this summer.

Pellegrini is also interested in the possibility of bringing recently relegated Swansea man Alfie Mawson to east London, according to Sky Sports, as his outfit shipped the join-most goals in the Premier League last season with 68.

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Incoming West Ham signing was once on his way to Manchester United

West Ham are set to sign the Brazilian from Lazio this summer.

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West Ham United are on the verge of agreeing on a deal to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio, according to Sky Italia.

The report claims that the Hammers have agreed a £26 million fee to sign the player with Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare set to arrive in London today to conclude a deal.

The report claims personal terms are nearly agreed and the Brazilian will sign a deal worth £80k-a-week.

It will be a massive marquee signing for West Ham, with Anderson a fantastic talent who has previously been linked with a big-money move to England.

(Felipe Anderson 11-04-2018 Salisburgo Viaggio Lazio per la Trasferta in Austria per la partita di Europa League contro il Salisburgo. @ Marco Rosi / Fotonotizia

Back in 2016, one year after a first failed attempt to sign him, Manchester United launched a massive bid to bring Anderson to Old Trafford.

As reported by the Mirror the Italian side claimed that a £47 million fee had been agreed between both clubs to see Anderson head to Manchester. The deal was set to be confirmed in the summer of 2016. However, Louis van Gaal was replaced by Jose Mourinho that summer and any deal for Anderson fell away.

West Ham are therefore getting their hands on an incredible signing. Now fully fit after an abductor tear that saw him struggle at the start of the season West Ham will be signing a brilliant player.

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