Jakub Jankto hints at exit but would he suit West Brom or West Ham?

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

West Ham and West Brom could do with an extra dash of creativity and the Udinese starlet could be the man to provide it.


Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto may have only started 16 Serie A games this season but it appears that he has done more than enough to earn sidewards glances from a number of Premier League clubs.

Tuttomercatoweb claimed that West Brom were interested in the £8 million rated 21-year-old while, according to Talksport, he is also on the radar of Premier League rivals West Ham.

Despite his lack of starts, Jankto has still been one of Udinese’s brightest players this season, scoring and assisting four apiece from a number of midfield roles. Furthermore, with his renowned set piece ability and penchant for perfectly weighted through balls, he promises to add precision and creativity to the midfield of any potential suitor.

And, fortunately for Tony Pulis and Slaven Bilic, it appears that he may be open to a summer exit two years after signing for the Zabrette.

“I want to play abroad, to try some new experience. I’m curious, I want to know other things,” the one-time Czech international told Tuttomercatoweb. “I certainly do not see myself in Italy too long, certainly not up to 25 years.”England's Bryn Morris in action with Czech Republic's Jakub Jankto

The phrase ‘come and get me plea’ may be particularly jarring but, if such a thing exists, then you can find it right here. Wests Brom and Ham should need no more encouragement to start planning their approach.

The question, however, is whether Jankto would fit in at The Hawthorns or the London Stadium.

West Brom, for all their strengths, lack a clever playmaker capable of threading the ball through the eye of the needle. Furthermore, his dead ball ability should make him an excellent addition to a side renowned for their set-piece prowess. Gareth McAuley has scored seven goals this season after all.

West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley scores their first goal

West Ham, however, may be a little more cautious. Manuel Lanzini may be the only naturally creative central midfielder on the clubs books but their disappointing summer activity raises questions about the quality of scouting at the capital club.

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