David Sullivan could deliver David Moyes a complete forward with a move to sign AC Sparta Prague’s in-demand Adam Hlozek this summer, after reports by Tuttosport, via Sport Witness, earlier this week claimed that West Ham United are among the hunt.
Hlozek has suitors all across Europe after catching the eyes of scouts with his efforts in the Fortuna Liga, and would likely have already taken the step to join an elite side were it not for a metatarsal fracture.
It is alleged that half of Europe and a quarter of Italy chased the 18-year-old sensation last year, and that he continues to have a wealth of admirers after returning to fitness this month.
Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are understood to be keen on offering Hlozek a move to the Bundesliga, while AC Milan, Juventus and SSC Napoli are eager to see the forward take the next step of his career in Italy.
West Ham are now the latest side to have eyes on Hlozek as he begins to prove his potential once again, after opening the season with four goals and five assists in six Fortuna Liga games before being consigned to the treatment room.
There are not thought to be many doubts over the 18-year-old regaining his form, while Juventus hope Pavel Nedved – now the Vice-President at the Allianz Stadium – can have an influence over his compatriot’s future.
Hlozek is likely to be the focus for many sides in the next transfer window with his current contract set to enter its final 12-months in June, although Sparta are already working on awarding the two-time Czech Republic international a new deal.
“We have already started negotiations on the extension of the contract,” Sporting Direct and former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky told iSport recently.
Hlozek has been a first-team player for Sparta Prague since 2018 and already has 78 appearances to his name, in which the forward has offered 17 goals and 18 assists across all competitions.
The 18-year-old needs to add one more goal to his tally to make the current regular Fortuna Liga campaign his most prolific to date, while penning a current-best eight assists last term.
Rosicky has previously lauded Hlozek as a “great talent” not only for Sparta but also the Czech national side, and believes the attacker can grow into becoming a successful player as he has the ambitions to go far in the game.
Hlozek is not afraid to say no to tempting offers, either, having snubbed opportunities to join Bayern Munich and Arsenal in his youth, even though a trial with the Bundesliga side at the age of 15 left such an impression on the Bavarian powerhouse that they considered it to have been one of the best ever from a player so young.
He is now considered to be one of the top-50 young talents in world football and described by iSport as a ‘complete player’ worth 324 million Czech Krona (£10.5m). A fee that would be higher were it not for his lengthy spell out injured.
Reports by Tuttosport also describe Hlozek as ‘one of the most promising strikers in Europe’, with his powerful physique, good technique and excellent shot creating ‘exponential’ room for growth.
It remains to be seen if West Ham move for Hlozek in the summer and can edge-out the vast rival interest, but Sullivan would seemingly deliver Moyes a truly promising young forward.
AND in other news, West Ham have been tipped to sign a 12-goal striker who is “Moyes’ type”…