West Ham United are still keen on signing one of their mooted summer transfer targets…
Back in May, The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas claimed Sparta Prague forward Adam Hlozek was among David Moyes’ targets as he looked to bolster his frontline as a top priority.
As we now know, the addition of a new striker failed to materialise but in a fresh update, it’s thought that the Irons remain interested in the eight-cap Czech Republic international.
That’s according to 90min journalist Toby Cudworth, who wrote on Twitter:
“#WHUFC still very interested in teenage sensation Adam Hlozek, despite not making a move this summer. I have no doubt agents [Tomas] Soucek, [Vladimir] Coufal and now [Alex] Kral know their mission for current and future Czech international duties…”
It’s believed that Hlozek would have been available for an initial £15m this window, which does seem like a massive bargain.
Moyes only has one senior centre-forward heading into a Europa League campaign and it’s a problem he’s had since January 2020 after the departure of Sebastien Haller.
The east London outfit sanctioned the departure of their club-record £45m signing but failed to replace him, meaning 31-year-old Michail Antonio is the only recognised striker at the London Stadium. And he’s had trouble with injuries in the past, having failed to start more than 24 matches in the Premier League in each of the last four seasons.
Now two windows have passed, could it be third time lucky for Moyes and co? Hlozek is certainly an interesting prospect.
The 19-year-old is very highly-rated and is one for the future, though he’s already making his impact felt at such a young age. Last season, he provided 15 goals and nine assists in just 23 appearances, also averaging a direct contribution every 75.9 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
That impressive form has already continued into this season, where he has bagged three goals and laid on the same number of assists across Sparta’s opening ten games.
Football scout Jacek Kulig has described Hlozek as “an incredible talent” and Czech’s best since the emergence of Tomas Rosicky. He has also been lauded as a “phenomenal player” and one “destined for greatness.”
Both Moyes and the club’s hierarchy can make up for their recent blunder in not signing a striker in the next window by bringing the Czech wonderkid to the Irons.
Pairing a young talent up with a veteran like Antonio could pay serious dividends later down the line as Hlozek could learn plenty off the Premier League’s current top goalscorer.
GSB must make amends in January and submit a bid for the £15.3m-rated gem.