West Ham could be in the hunt to sign CSKA Moscow centre-forward Fedor Chalov, according to ExWHUemployee.
The reliable Hammers insider claimed via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that the 21-year-old is someone who the Irons could be keeping an eye on ahead of the summer transfer window slamming shut next month.
I mentioned Fedor Chalov on the show another youngster who we have looked at before and could still maintain an interest in is Youssef En Nesyri of Leganes.
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 10, 2019
Sky Sports reported earlier in the summer that Arsenal, Monaco and Sevilla hold an interest in the Russia international, who was CSKA Moscow’s top goalscorer in all competitions last season.
Chalov would be an interesting option for West Ham. At 21-years-of-age he is still young enough to be able to develop into a better player but there is a major difference between the Premier League and Russia’s top-flight and the forward could struggle to adapt. Chalov did impress in Russia last season for CSKA as he scored 17 goals in 37 total appearances. He found the back of the net against Real Madrid in a shock 3-0 win at the Bernabeu in the Champions League in December and also scored against the likes of Lokomotiv Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg in the domestic game. Chalov can step it up in the big games but there have to be doubts about him doing the same in England, where the competition is much tougher. Chalov could be a good back-up striker for West Ham, but he shouldn’t be signed with the view to him being a starter.