West Ham United want transfer of £14m Alex Kral sealed before Euro 2020
According to Eurosport, West Ham Untied fear missing out on Alex Kral if they cannot agree on a transfer for the Spartak Moscow midfielder before the start of Euro 2020.
The Irons have tracked Kral for a number of months as they look to add depth to David Moyes’ squad. They have enjoyed success from dipping into the Czech market with deals for Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal last year.
West Ham considered signing Kral ahead the January window as they looked for a backup for Soucek and Declan Rice. He has remained a player fixed on their radar since and hope to conclude negotiations swiftly.
West Ham fear they could face greater competition for Kral’s signature if he is not signed before Euro 2020. The 23-year-old was named in the Czech Republic squad and has been a regular since making his debut in 2019.
The tournament will start on June 11, leaving the Hammers with a small window to reach an agreement. What West Ham fear is missing out on Kral if he has a good tournament but there is hope of completing his transfer.
Kral’s representatives have already held talks with four other Premier League clubs (Sky Sports), however. He has also not ruled out staying at Spartak Moscow for another season after they qualified for the Champions League.
A deal to lure him away from Russia would also cost West Ham £14million (Mirror, 23/5, p74). The midfielder was a fixture of former manager Domenico Tedesco’s side last season, starting 28 of 29 Premier Liga appearances.
TBR’s view: West Ham must secure Kral transfer
West Ham are rightly fearful of missing out on Kral should he produce a strong showing at Euro 2020. The midfielder has long been a player coveted by Moyes and the Irons’ hierarchy. But they are not alone, given talks have been held with other rival English suitors.
Any rival bidder could step up their interest in Kral after the European Championship concludes. And doing so would dent Moyes’ plans for next season, when he will need depth behind Rice and Soucek. Currently only Mark Noble offers that in a natural way but started just eight Premier League games last season.
It will be a challenge for the Hammers to sign Kral before Euro 2020, though. He is already with the Czech squad ahead of facing Italy in a pre-tournament friendly on Friday. But what could prove beneficial is having Soucek and Coufal in his ear talking up life in London.
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