West Ham United’s priority this summer remains the addition of a new striker…
According to The Athletic‘s Roshane Thomas, there have been two names heavily linked with the Hammers – Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Czech Republic wonderkid Adam Hlozek.
Last month, the Irons’ interest in the 18-year-old goalscoring sensation was ramped up amid interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, who are renowned for their shrewd operations in the transfer market.
It’s thought that the Sparta Prague teenager is available for between £15m and £20m, as per Football Insider, which could represent stunning value for money.
It’s no wonder that David Moyes is longing for a new forward to bolster the Hammers’ squad as he has been woefully short on options in the role since the January transfer window, when club-record signing Sebastian Haller was sold to Ajax.
If the east Londoners are to stand a chance at repeating this season’s exploits, on top of giving a good account of themselves, then they need a player who can take them to new heights.
That man can be Hlozek.
Abraham, who was snubbed from Chelsea’s entire squad for their Champions League final triumph this weekend, is expected to cost in excess of £40m, which seems a little absurd for someone who cannot make the 23-man cut for such a historic match.
Hlozek could instead be the answer for a much cheaper and realistic fee.
The young talisman capped off his phenomenal season with four goals against Zbrojovka Brno at the weekend, taking his total to 15 goals and nine assists in just 19 appearances, via Transfermarkt. Much of his campaign has been derailed by injury, yet he’s still managed to contribute a goal or assist every 63 minutes.
At just 18, he would represent a change of direction for the Hammers as they very rarely invest in young players with huge potential. For example, fellow Czech natives Vladimir Coufal (28) and Tomas Soucek (26) are considerably further in their development whilst Craig Dawson (31) has provided plenty of experience at the back.
Hlozek could fit right in with two of his compatriots already at the London Stadium, which surely only bolsters West Ham’s claims in their attempt to secure him this summer.
Forget Abraham, the club’s GSB ownership must sanction a move for the impressive Czech wonderkid. He could be the one to take the Irons onto the next level, while he could net them plenty of profit in the future. It could be a game-changer of a signing.
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