West Ham United and Everton emerge as contenders for Russian playmaker Aleksandr Golovin, who has been made available by AS Monaco.

According to Russian publication Championat, Aleksandr Golovin is attracting interest from Premier League duo West Ham United and Everton. Both clubs are eyeing creative reinforcements in this window and could turn towards the 25-year-old AS Monaco playmaker.

Aleksandr Golovin came into the forefront during the FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia in 2018. Monaco snapped up the playmaker after the tournament, and he has since been one of their star performers. The Ligue 1 club has evaded many offers from English sides, but it appears they are prepared to offload the Russian international this month.

Golovin has been said to attract tremendous interest from English clubs over the years. The report insists the Russian rejected a few overtures last January and summer, anticipating a move from a bigger club. The playmaker certainly harbours big ambition over his playing career and believes some sides could come for him.

However, none of the so-called big clubs have even remotely shown an interest in the Russian, which is probably making him think over a future move. The understanding is that he might have experienced Ligue 1 football enough to want to leap into his next challenge, which could be in England.

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West Ham and Everton are interested from the Premier League, with each club keen on bringing in creative reinforcements. The Hammers, in particular, are eager to sign quality attacking and midfield players this month as David Moyes looks to improve his squad’s depth.

West Ham are continuously linked with Jesse Lingard over a cut-price January move, with the Manchester United star primed to leave Old Trafford this month. As an alternative, Golovin could become a solid target for the Hammers. If West Ham could put together a reasonable offer for Golovin, a move to London could appease the Russian.

Meanwhile, Everton, who have some cash to spare after agreeing to the sale of Lucas Digne to Aston Villa, might look to reinvest in new attacking talent. Golovin is the profile of player Everton may not have in their ranks and could help them immensely for the second half of the season after a very difficult period so far.

It remains to be seen what transpires of Golovin, who could be moving from Monaco this month or probably in the summer. He could be a wise investment if the right club signs him for a reasonable price. At 25, he could be a long-term investment for any side, particularly from the Premier League.

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