According to a report by regional Italian newspaper L’Arena, via Sport Witness, West Ham could now be willing to back manager David Moyes with another Czech Republic star in Antonin Barak.
The Lowdown: Czech contingent…
West Ham’s ties to the European nation have been growing year after year since the signings of popular club duo Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal in 2020.
Since then, the club have landed another Czech ace in midfielder Alex Kral on loan whilst also being linked to a host of others – with Adam Hlozek, David Sima and Jan Kuchta among those to have been mentioned.
Off the field, Czech influence is also growing with Sparta Prague co-owner Daniel Kretinsky completing his purchase of a 27% minority stake in West Ham recently.
Which attacker should West Ham sign?
As more news emerges concerning their links with the Central Europeans, it appears West Ham may now back Moyes with yet another one of their international stars.
The Latest: West Ham could ‘invest’ in Barak signing…
According to L’Arena (via SW), West Ham ‘really like’ colossal 6 foot 3 attacking midfielder Barak – so much so that they could ‘decide to already invest’ this January.
Indeed, it is believed that the Irons are willing to table a €20 million (£17.1m) bid in an effort to sign the player for Moyes this winter window.
The Verdict: Get it done?
As West Ham reportedly eye a move to bring back 2020/2021 loanee star Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal, they will face stiff competition to do so and a plethora of obstacles before a move can be completed (ExWHUemployee).
Barak, presumably, would come as an alternative to the England international – but should the Hammers turn to him if they cannot acquire Lingard?
According to WhoScored, Barak has averaged a fairly consistent 2 shots on goal per 90 in the final third – but a trio of West Ham attackers in Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio already better that numbers (WhoScored).
In terms of key passes, the 27-year-old’s average of 1.2 every game is also bettered by Antonio, Bowen and the rejuvenated Pablo Fornals (WhoScored) – again, highlighting the fact he wouldn’t exactly bring much to the table.
West Ham already possess a wealth of attacking talent in the midfield area anyway with Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini and summer signing Nikola Vlasic all capable of shining there.
As the Irons also search for an Antonio striker alternative and much-needed defensive back up (The Evening Standard), we believe the latter takes top priority – especially after Angelo Ogbonna’s injury and worries surrounding both Ben Johnson and Kurt Zouma.
Indeed, West Ham’s £17.1m could be far better spent elsewhere.
In other news: Journalist hints West Ham may be in pole position to sign ‘world class’ striker for Moyes, find out more here.
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