By Joe Ellis

14th Jan, 2022 | 11:06am

West Ham want to sign Dynamo Moscow midfielder Daniil Fomin - report

West Ham United are one of two Premier League clubs interested in signing Russian midfielder Daniil Fomin from Dynamo Moscow in January.

The 24-year-old has been identified as an alternative to Aleksandr Golovin by David Moyes and contact has been made, according to respected Russian journalist Ilya Kazakov on Telegram, as relayed by Sport Express.

Fomin is currently helping Dynamo Moscow fight at the very top of the Russian Premier Division having finished down in seventh last season.

Is Fomin needed?

Even at 24 years of age, Fomin has done the rounds in his native Russia having previously played for Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod, and FC Ufa before playing in the countries capital.

And he must have a bit about him to have played eight times for the national team and have Newcastle United also in the race to bring him to England.

Six goals and two assists in the Russian Premier Division this season is fantastic given Fomin is naturally a defensive midfielder.

But is another midfielder really what the Hammers need, especially one who is unproven outside of his homeland?

Golovin is a different prospect altogether having left Russia and continued his standout performances in Ligue 1 with AS Monaco and is probably worth a gamble if the fee is right.

But Fomin is relatively unknown outside of Russia and while the gamble worked with Tomas Soucek, there is no guarantee it would work again.

Moyes has surely done his homework and the club will have sent a scout to watch him play so they are;t completely in the blind going into negotiations but this could be a gamble too far for the Irons.

In other West Ham news, this Brazilian striker could be one step closer to a transfer to the London Stadium.