Three reasons Newcastle must convince Fyodor Smolov to join them over West Ham

According to Sky Sports, Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov wants to sign for West Ham United before the January transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

Sky Sports says that the Russia captain – who is set to skipper his country at their home World Cup this summer – is keen on a move to London and the Premier League, and believes that the Irons could be the right club for him.

The report adds that David Moyes is expected to bid for the 27-year-old if the Hammers sell Diafra Sakho before January 31, with the Evening Standard reporting that they are likely to offer £15m for the centre-forward.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United lie just two points above the top flight relegation zone ahead of their crucial home match against bottom side Swansea City at St James’ Park on Saturday, and manager Rafa Benitez will be desperate to add to his squad in the next couple of weeks to boost them in their battle for survival this term.

A lack of progress with a proposed takeover may affect the Spaniard’s budget, but the need to address a side that has only scored 20 goals in 22 Premier League matches is paramount and bringing Smolov to St James’ Park could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must convince the Russian to sign for them over West Ham…