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Report: West Ham eye £14m midfielder Alex Kral

West Ham United have reignited their interest in signing Alex Kral, according to a report from the Sunday Mirror (23/5; page 74).

It is little surprise to see the Hammers set their sights on landing a Czech Republic international given the masterstrokes of bringing Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal to the London Stadium.

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The Sunday Mirror notes that the Irons wanted Kral in January. However, the move stalled.

But they are back in the running for the 23-year-old Spartak Moscow man, who is reportedly set to command a fee of around £14 million.

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It would appear that Kral would be more than open to the idea of joining West Ham. As noted by the Mirror (23/5; page 74), he is good friends with Soucek and Coufal.

And he suggested that West Ham’s achievements this season have been ‘amazing’ after flirting with relegation last season.

Kral could be the kind of combative holding midfielder who could thrive in David Moyes’s plans as Mark Noble edges towards the end of his outstanding career.

As shown by Whoscored, only eight players average more passes per game in Russia this season.

And remarkably – considering he is a holding midfielder – only three players in the league have provided more assists than the five Kral has contributed.

And if the likes of Coufal and Soucek believe that he would be a good signing, West Ham will surely have every reason to believe that he could be another inspired addition.

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