West Ham targeting January move for Russian international
West Ham United want to make some additions to their squad this month, and one of the areas that they are focusing on strengthening is defensive midfield.
According to a report from Russian news outlet Sport Express, West Ham are interested in signing Dynamo Moscow defensive midfielder Daniil Fomin in January.
David Moyes has plenty of work to do in the transfer window this month, with him having to work with a very thin squad that could only lead to massive problems if more injury or COVID-19 issues arise.
This was evident in the bench that Moyes had to call up for the game against Norwich City on Wednesday, with a major part of it being made up of academy players.
While additions up front, at centre-back and at left-back are seemingly the priority for West Ham, they are also opting to move in for a new midfielder, possibly in preparation for the summer, as bids are expected to arrive for Declan Rice following his impressive season so far.
The report claims that the Hammers are battling it out with Newcastle United for the Fomin's signature this month.
The 24-year-old is incredibly versatile, as while he is naturally a defensive midfielder, he is also able to play at centre-back and possibly in a more advanced role.
Fomin has had a very productive season for Dynamo Moscow, especially in terms of goal contributions, with him registering seven goals and providing three assists in 19 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
The Russian midfielder is a very energetic player and a good all-rounder, and his experience of playing at the top level of football for a sustained period of time is something quite uncommon for someone of his age, even more so now that he has become a regular for the Russian national team too, playing in their last four games.
It remains to be seen whether the Russian club will be open to selling him in January, especially since he is under contract with the club until 2025.
A substantial offer will have to be made if they are to convince Dynamo Moscow of a move, and so Moyes will have to look at other positions that he might want to strengthen beforehand, with West Ham challenging for the European spots and also going through in the UEFA Europa League.