Five of the Premier League’s top six clubs have entered the race for Fedor Chalov shortly after West Ham rejected the opportunity to sign him.
According to The Mirror, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all want £20m-rated Chalov. But West Ham have dropped out of the race.
Reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee confirmed that the Hammers have dropped out of the running. EXWHUEmployee said: “The Russian player that I reported on the show-Chalov, the club turned down the option of signing him for £25m.”
Who wants Fedor Chalov?
Chalov is a promising young striker who plays for CSKA Moscow in the Russian top-flight. The 21-year-old scored 15 goals last season, the most in the Russian Premier League, so it is no surprise to see clubs circling around him.
Five English clubs are hoping to win this race. Arsenal might use Chalov as a third-choice striker. Man City could see him as one for the future and Man United might need a Romelu Lukaku replacement.
Liverpool have lost Daniel Sturridge this summer so Chalov could come in for him. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have spent the last few transfer windows searching for a Harry Kane deputy with no success yet.
All of the English heavyweights want Chalov aside from Chelsea, who have a transfer ban. But clubs across Europe are lining up to sign the twice-capped Russia international.
This report names German trio Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig as three interested clubs. French side Monaco and Spanish team Sevilla are also keen on Chalov.
West Ham’s striker situation
After turning down the chance to sign Chalov, West Ham still need to find another striker. Marko Arnautovic has followed Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez out of the exit door in East London, leaving Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill in the striker department.
West Ham missed out on Maxi Gomez (who has now signed for Valencia) but there are other options out there. Sebastien Haller could be the next target with The Daily Mail claiming this deal is all but done.
Chalov would have been a risky signing for West Ham considering they need to use their budget to find an instant fix in the striker department. But the calibre of clubs chasing him suggests West Ham might have missed out on a potentially shrewd deal.