West Ham United have been linked with a move for Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek, with the Irons in need of added squad depth in January. David Moyes’ side are still in four competitions and will need further options if they are to juggle all four successfully.
According to Football Insider, the Hammers have made an enquiry to sign the 19-year-old, with a fee of around £16m to £20m believed to be enough to lure the youngster away from the Czech capital.
The young striker enjoyed a prolific campaign in 2020/21, scoring 15 goals and registering eight assists in 19 league appearances, whilst this season has seen him contribute six goals and 11 assists in 23 appearances across the league and Europe.
Given Hlozek’s young age, it would certainly be a signing for the future. However, the youngster has already been dubbed an “extraordinary talent” by his agent and could prove to be a bargain.
The Hammers have enjoyed an impressive start to the season and sit fifth in the Premier League, although David Moyes’ side have experienced a blip of late, winning just one of their last six league games.
Michail Antonio’s early form was a major catalyst for the Irons’ strong start, scoring six goals in eight league appearances. However, the Jamaica international has failed to score in his last nine appearances across both the league and Europe.
As a result, Moyes is in need of some extra firepower up front, and a move for the Czech Republic international could prove sensible, particularly for the long-term.
At 31 years of age, Antonio won’t be able to replicate the scoring efforts of the season’s early stages and the Hammers will need a reliable source of goals which will be sustainable and last for the long-term; Hlozek could provide that. Indeed, imagine what the two of them could be like if they get the chance to play together.