Southampton are one of the sides being linked with a move for Slavia Prague striker Jan Kuchta, and the 24-year-old could well prove to be the man to replace Danny Ings in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
According to Football Insider, West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle United and Brighton are all keeping a close eye on the forward after his impressive exploits with Slavia this season.
Two of West Ham’s most impressive performers this season, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, were signed from Slavia and it appears as if the Czech side are quickly gaining a reputation for helping produce top talents.
Kuchta has impressed this season having contributed 11 goals and five assists in just 17 league appearances, whilst he also has two goals and two assists in the Europa League.
The forward is a new arrival at Slavia, having only joined from Slovan Liberec last summer but he looks to have quickly found his feet with his new club, and could soon be on the move again if a Premier League side comes knocking in the summer.
Considering he is currently valued at just £900k by Transfermarkt, Kuchta could represent a real bargain for Southampton as they look to improve their attacking options in the summer, and although it would be a lot of pressure for the former Czech U’21 international, he could be the man to fill Ings’ shoes should he depart in the summer.
Southampton are keen to tie him down to a new contract but it seems as if negotiations aren’t going too well, and with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season, the South Coast club may well be forced to cash in on him this summer in order to avoid losing him for a minimal fee, or nothing, a year later.
Therefore, should Ings leave, Kuchta could represent a very cheap option as a replacement for the England international, so Martin Semmens should definitely consider a move for the 24-year-old if he maintains his impressive form in the Czech Republic.
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