West Ham United are showing an interest in signing CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, as reported by ExWHUemployee on the West Ham Way Podcast 165.
The Hammers are said to be looking at the Russia international as they search for another option, alongside Sebastien Haller.
This comes with Albian Ajeti failing to make his impact for the club, still waiting for his first West Ham goal and being slammed by Paul Robinson for his “silly” move against Everton when he shoved his head into Mason Holgate.
While it is maintained in the podcast that midfield is the main priority during the winter, the suggestion is that the Hammers will also be looking to strengthen their frontline.
It can be suggested that Chalov, who is rated at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, would be an upgrade on Ajeti, as he has six goals and two assists across 24 starts and one substitute appearance in the Russian Premier League and Europa League.
While his goalscoring record is far from terrible, the 21-year-old has not been prolific, as he has only scored in consecutive games once this season. Haller has also done that once, when he got a brace against Watford and followed it up with a goal against Norwich City. In total, he’s found the net only six times.
Considering that Haller has not been especially prolific and Ajeti is still yet to score in a claret and blue shirt, it should be pretty concerning that the Hammers are not targeting someone who has been in and amongst the goals more.
This lack of a clinical edge can be gathered from the fact that there have been two individual games this season – against Arsenal Tula and Ural – in which he has taken five shots without hitting the back of the net with any of them.
Meanwhile, in his last nine league games, the Russia international has scored just one goal, despite taking a combined total of 24 shots in that time, a return that is anything but efficient.
There are only six teams who have scored fewer Premier League goals than West Ham this season, so when they are looking at striker targets they really need to be considering players who have been scoring with regularity – Chalov has not done that this season.