West Ham United boss David Moyes faces a new threat to his hopes of landing young striker Fyodor Chalov.
West Ham were linked with a move for CSKA Moscow star Chalov in January (The Daily Star).
Football has been plunged into darkness by the coronavirus pandemic.
It means West Ham’s relegation battle is on hold for now.
But that hasn’t stopped Moyes planning for the future it seems.
Moyes planning young, hungry West Ham
The West Ham boss has been telling fans he wants to build a new-look Hammers side around young, hungry talent (whufc.com).
And according to a new report from The Star, Moyes wants £25million Chalov up front next season.
That would be great news for record signing Sebastien Haller who has cut an isolated figure in his debut campaign.
But West Ham face a new threat to their hopes of signing the 21-year-old Russian from London rivals Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Hot prospect is in demand
Chalov is one of the hottest prospects in Europe and has 36 goals in his first 113 games for CSKA.
But The Star claims West Ham face a bidding war with their London rivals if they want to land him.
And now his agent Christian Emile has spoken out on the interest in his client from West Ham and others.
“Fyodor is one of the most striking players in Europe, and the increased interest in him is completely justified,” Emile said, as reported The Star.
Agent speaks out on interest
“Especially from the side of one Premier League club, which made a significant offer, but CSKA refused to sell the player.
“The position of CSKA is completely understandable – they have serious goals, and Fedor is the most important player for them. We will follow the development of events and are sure that in any case has a great future.”
Whether West Ham can win the race remains to be seen.
But it is clear what Moyes is trying to do. And providing West Ham stay up there could be some exciting times ahead for fans.