Crystal Palace fans have been desperate to see the club move for a new striker since the 2017/18 season came to a close and thanks to comments from Russian football agent Sandor Varga, we now have a lead on a potential summer arrival in the shape of Fyodor Smolov.
Whilst the man himself is still away with his national team at the World Cup, Varga’s comments to Russian news outlet Sport Express yesterday suggested that the Eagles have been weighing up a bid for the frontman for quite some time.
The 28-year-old is currently playing his club football for Krasnodar and managed to notch an impressive 14 goals in just 24 appearances over the course of the last league season but after interest in him from both Palace and West Ham in January, it’s little surprise to see his agent talking up the possibility of a move to England whilst his stock remains high as part of the World Cup knockout stages.
At the start of 2018, the Hammers were linked with a loan move that would have resulted in a £12 million fixed option to take Smolov permanently over the summer; a deal which they eventually turned down. Whether or not Krasnodar intend to stand firm over the proposed fee now, given the fact that the striker has just one year left to run on his deal remains to be seen but from the perspective of an outsider looking in, I would imagine the price has dropped a tad.
You would think that Varga’s decision to name Roy Hodgson personally was taken as a calculated risk. If there was current concrete interest from our side, the agent wouldn’t feel obligated to make such a bold statement in the press, leading me to wonder if he is simply reminding Palace that his client is still willing to make the switch, should they come calling over the next week or so.
Would you like to see us move for Smolov or is your preference for someone that has already proven themselves on these shores?