Report claims there’s ‘every chance’ West Ham cool interest in £14m target due to Euro 2020
According to The Athletic, there is ‘every chance’ West Ham United will cool their interest in a summer transfer for Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral.
The Irons have been left underwhelmed by the 23-year-old’s efforts at Euro 2020 so far. Kral started the Czech Republic’s first game of the tournament at Scotland but played fleeting roles off the bench against Croatia and England.
Jaroslav Silhavy’s side beat Scotland for their only win of the group stage with goals either side of half time from Patrik Schick. But Kral was the first of five Silhavy took off in the 67th minute and has only played another 53 minutes.
Kral will now hope to play a more integral role in the Czech Republic’s plans in the knockout rounds. They progressed to the Last 16 as one of the four top-ranked third-placed teams, alongside Switzerland, Ukraine and Portugal.
West Ham will likely also want Kral to regain a starting role to continue their interest in a summer transfer. There is ‘every chance’ David Moyes’ side will turn their attention to other targets after his initial efforts at the tournament.
The Hammers had wanted to wrap up a deal for Kral before Euro 2020 started as they feared missing out. Club figures felt they could struggle to bring the Spartak man in amid his agent talking with four other Premier League clubs.
Kral shares an agent with Irons right-back and compatriot Vladimir Coufal. But any deal for the midfielder would cost West Ham £14m (Mirror, 23/5, p74). Spartak are unlikely to sell on the cheap after he featured 30 times last term.
TBR’s view: West Ham should keep Kral hopes alive
It is within reason for West Ham to have developed concerns over Kral making a successful move to the Premier League after the Spartak midfielder’s issues at Euro 2020. But Moyes should be keeping the Irons’ hopes of a deal alive.
If anything, his difficulties at the European Championship could work in West Ham’s favour. Other sides may share the Hammers’ concerns and be against paying £14m for his services.
But Kral impressed in the engine room in the Czech Republic’s win at Scotland to show why he is a good signing. He was tenacious in search of the ball and constantly broke up the Tartan Army’s flow to end hopes of a comeback.
He also tried to take the game to England after coming on off the bench with his side already trailing. His runs into the final third were encouraging, as well, and can still prove a solid purchase for West Ham.