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Russia captain Smolov nominates West Ham as preferred destination

Russia captain Fyodor Smolov has expressed his desire to join West Ham United.

According to Sky Sports, 27-year-old Smolov wants to leave Russian club Krasnodor in order to play in the Premier League.

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

It is expected that the Hammers will bid for Smolov once they sell Diafra Sakho, who has been the subject of an offer from Crystal Palace.

Smolov will play a pivotal role for the hosts at the World Cup this summer and is available for £15m.

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