West Ham United are long-time admirers of Juventus and Borussia Dortmund target Adam Hlozek but, according to 90Min, his £20 million price-tag represents a potential stumbling block.
Only once in their entire history have West Ham paid a fee in excess of £8 million for a teenager. And Hammers fans won’t need us to remind them that Savio Nsereko did not quite live up to expectations.
So it remains to be seen whether 18-year-old Hlozek is the real deal or merely the second coming of Savio.
After bursting onto the scene for Sparta Prague last season, and beginning 2020/21 with four goals and six assists in seven games, the early signs certainly look good for Hlozek. Even if the sample size is small and the competition far from elite.
90Min reports that West Ham have been watching the once-capped Czech Republic international since his breakthrough year in 2020 and are now facing competition from European powerhouses Dortmund and Juventus.
Their coffers have been boosted by the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax but, given their disastrous record when it comes to recruiting strikers, investing £20 million in a little-known teenager would certainly fall into the ‘high-risk’ category.
Hlozek’s agent, Pavel Paska, believes the teenager will become a ‘world-class’ footballer capable of playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona; although he is a little biased, of course (IDNES).
Interestingly, West Ham also signed Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from Czech football over the last 12 months.