West Ham United confident Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek can adapt to Premier League amid £25.8m transfer links
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West Ham United confident Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek can adapt to Premier League amid £25.8m transfer links

According to Foot Mercato, West Ham United are confident that Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek has the ability to adapt to the Premier League.

The Hammers are one of several suitors for the Czech Republic international ahead of the summer transfer market, having taken inspiration from the successful moves to the London Stadium made by Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.

Hlozek is considered to be the last great talent of the current generation of Czech stars to still play in his native country, but is not expected to stay in the Fortuna Liga for much longer after scoring 11 goals and providing eight assists in 17 appearances this season.

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Hlozek’s campaign begun in magnificent fashion with four goals and five assists in his first six games before sustaining a metatarsal fracture that would keep him sidelined until March, yet has rediscovered his final touch for six goals and two assists in his last five outings.

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West Ham have long held an interest in the 18-year-old scoring machine having begun monitoring his situation a year ago (90min), but are not alone in harbouring interest with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund also linked.

Sparta had hoped to secure around €30million (£25.8m) through the sale of Hlozek (90min), although the Fortuna Liga title contenders have been forced to lower their demands given the financial situation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Irons also hold several advantages over their rival suitors with Hlozek – considered as an alternative to Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (The Athletic) – sharing the same agent as Soucek, is good friends with his compatriot and sees David Moyes’ side as a viable option (90min).

TBR’s view:

There are plenty of reasons why a move for Hlozek to join West Ham at the end of the term makes sense, with Soucek and Coufal among the most important and game-changing players currently at the London Stadium after being plucked from obscurity by Moyes.

The Irons’ confidence in Hlozek adapting to the Premier League in the same manner as his compatriots would be another hurdle taken out of the equation, although it remains to be seen how highly Sparta Prague value their striker and if West Ham will meet those demands.

Sparta can easily point to the elite European interest in Hlozek to drive a hard bargain, while Slavia Prague’s former Sports Director, Jan Nezmar, has no doubts in the two-cap forward as ‘he has all the attributes to assert himself at the highest level’ (Denik).

With suggestions that West Ham also consider Hlozek to be a backup option to Abraham, much can change before the next Premier League season starts, but what is certain is the Irons’ need for a new striker be it the Chelsea outcast, Sparta star or someone else.

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