Having endured an underwhelming campaign so far despite bringing in some quality players last summer, planning for next term is also imperative as the Hammers edge closer to safety in the Premier League.
The 3-0 defeat of fellow strugglers Southampton at the London Stadium on Saturday moved the Hammers to 14th on the log and five points adrift the relegation zone, and with 7 games to go, the David Moyes-led side should be able to do enough to beat the drop this season.
However, with this in mind, David Moyes must significantly build a squad capable of battling relegation next term and should set a target of at least a top ten finish in the Premier League next season.
And in the attempt to achieve that, report from The Mirror claims, West Ham United are believed to be closing in on a deal for Russian forward Fyodor Smolov who is valued around £15 million, but would he represent a good or bad move?
Despite boasting of attackers like Javier Hernandez, Andy Carroll and Michael Antonio, the Hammers have struggled massively in front of goal this season and have depended majorly on Marko Arnautovic for goals but bringing in a prolific goal scorer such as Smolov will definitely ease the burden on the Austrian forward.
The 28-year-old striker currently plays for Russian side Krasnodar and has showed that he can be relied upon for goals having finished as top scorer in the Russian League for the past two seasons.
With 12 goals already in 16 appearances in the Russian Premier League so far this term, a deal for the Russian forward looks like a step in the right direction that could prove to be a masterstroke going forward.
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