14 Enero, 2018
West Ham are holding out for a feee in the region of £12million for the Senegal international, who is yet to start a single game for United this season due, it is thought, to a clause in his contract guaranteeing him a bumper bonus should he be selected in a starting XI.
Smolov currently plays for Russian Premier League team Krasnodar and has scored 10 league goals in 13 appearances so far this season.
The 70-year-old told reporters: "I don't know how many players we can bring in".
Their results have improved since Roy Hodgson took charge but form of star striker Christian Benteke, who has just one league goal, suggests the Eagles would benefit from another attacking threat.
However, Sam Allardyce is ready to part ways with the striker after Everton completed the £27 million deal for Turkish striker Cenk Tosun.
"It would be very foolish of me to start commenting on anybody at the moment".
Niasse was never expected to be a prominent figure at Goodison Park but he is the Toffee's third top scorer and has scored six goals in the five games he has started.
"We have been thinking about that since I came in September and the people who are working on this, our scouting department, Doug Freedman, Steve Parish and our owners are working overtime to try and identify people".