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Russia captain Fyodor Smolov wants to sign for West Ham

 Fyodor Smolov is known as the "Russian David Beckham"
Image: Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov is keen on a move to the London Stadium

Russia captain Fyodor Smolov wants to sign for West Ham, Sky Sports News understands.

The 27-year-old striker wants to move to London from Russian Premier League team Krasnodar and West Ham are expected to make a bid for him if they sell Diafra Sakho this month.

Smolov has scored 59 times in 90 games for Krasnodar and 11 times in 28 games for Russia.

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He scored two memorable goals against Spain in November, which led to Spanish newspapers reporting that Real Madrid wanted to sign him this month.

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Smolov, who speaks fluent English and is available for £15m, is expected to be one of the stars of the World Cup finals in Russia this summer.