According to a report from the Daily Star, West Ham have been offered the chance to sign CSKA Moscow hitman Fyodor Chalov for £25 million this month.
The Hammers really do need to bolster their attacking ranks.
£45 million summer signing Sebastien Haller has failed to impress during his short time at the London Stadium.
And the Daily Star claims that Chalov could be an option for West Ham. The British tabloid suggests that the 21-year-old has been offered to the east London outfit for £25 million. The Hammers are allegedly not prepared to meet that valuation, however.
West Ham have made the right call
The Russian has hardly been prolific this season. He has just six goals to his name in 27 outings for CSKA since the start of the current campaign. On top of that, Chalov has scored just 36 goals in 113 career games for the Russian outfit.
There is also the small matter of adjusting to the Premier League. At just 21, the CSKA striker would surely take quite some time to settle in England, considering the frenetic pace and intense nature of the top flight.
£25 million really does seem to be an extortionate amount of money for someone who has hardly proven himself on a consistent basis. Chalov could very well go on to become a top striker. But the risk of signing him for that kind of fee would be simply too high.
The West Ham board have received plenty of flack recently for failing to spend. But this time, they are 100 per cent right not to cave in to CSKA’s demands.
They do need to sign a striker, however, and that fact cannot be ignored. There is surely better value out there than £25 million for the 21-year-old though. Even if that means the Hammers paying a higher fee for someone more established and proven.
Their Premier League status could depend on it.