West Ham United have held talks with Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral, according to emerging reports…
That’s the latest claim from Sky Sports, who suggest that the 23-year-old’s representatives have spoken to as many as five Premier League teams over a potential move this summer, with the Irons believed to be one of them.
It comes just a few days after The Mirror on Sunday (23rd May, page 74) reported that the Hammers are attempting to bring the Spartak Moscow star to the London Stadium ahead of the upcoming window and that he is expected to cost in the region of £14m.
Kral is said to have been in touch with both of West Ham’s current Czech duo, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.
Could David Moyes be about to unearth another gem on the cheap? It certainly seems so.
Despite looking like the spitting image of Arsenal’s David Luiz, Kral is more a defensive midfielder with tendencies to drift further forward – very much similar to his international teammate and Irons bargain, Soucek.
Speaking about his own role, the 23-year-old dynamo claimed his manager sees him “as a defensive player” but also suggested his best role may be as a no.8, he said:
“In general, my optimal role is number eight, just between [the] six and [the] ten. I can defend more than now, but it all depends on the opponent.”
The 6 foot 1 powerhouse ended the campaign in Russia on 1.5 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 2.1 long balls, and a squad-high 56 passes per game, via WhoScored, proving he’s very much an integral part of Spartak’s engine room.
Indeed, they know it too, as their official Twitter account claimed that “he can do it all.”
That shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given he has drawn inspiration from Real Madrid and Germany legend Toni Kroos, who is arguably one of the best to ever do it, as well as Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
Kral has also played in defence, earning him the tag of being “one of the most versatile youngsters in world football” from talent scout Jacek Kulig, who also suggested that he was “extremely solid,” had “so many qualities” and will one day be “one of the leaders of the Czech” national side.
If Moyes can win the race to sign him, then the Hammers could certainly have another Soucek-like bargain on their hands. £14m in a snip in this current day and age.
GSB must get this deal over the line.
AND in other news, David Moyes set to receive major West Ham transfer boost…