West Ham will surely move to sign a quality striker when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The Hammers were handed a significant boost during in January when Marko Arnautovic committed his future to the club amid interest from Chinese clubs. Despite the Austrian staying at the club, Manuel Pellegrini was surely desperate to add to his forward line.
Pellegrini must be keen to return to the transfer market for a new forward in the summer. Andy Carroll’s contract is set to expire in the summer with Lucas Perez also failing to convince since his move to the London Stadium. Javier Hernandez may also choose to depart after being linked away over the course of the January window, leaving the Hammers short of quality options at the top of the field.
One man Pellegrini could turn to is CSKA Moscow wonderkid – Fedor Chalov. Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old has made his breakthrough into the Moscow first-team and has firmly established himself as a crucial player. Chalov has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season and has been tipped to move to a big club in Europe in the near future.
The Russia U21 international has been in excellent form, netting 11 goals so far. Chalov possesses blistering pace which makes him a nightmare for defenders to deal with. An intelligent forward, the Russian loves to linger on the last defender and break at speed. His lethal finishing ability will give Pellegrini the quality option he has been crying out for.
Still improving and developing – Chalov could prove to be a mainstay at the London Stadium for years to come.
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