David Moyes has just dropped the biggest hint yet that West Ham United really are pursuing a deal for midfielder Alex Kral.
The Hammers are seeking another midfield option to help Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek after qualifying for the Europa League.
Having used the Czech market to sign Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, West Ham could do it again by signing Kral.
He’s currently playing in Russia with Spartak Moscow, but he plays with Soucek and Coufal for the Czech Republic and was their teammate at Slavia Prague.
What has been said about West Ham and Kral?
The Mirror reported in May that West Ham were back in for Kral having missed out in January. A £14million fee was suggested then.
Kral was then spotted with Soucek and Coufal last weekend as the trio returned to watch Slavia’s final game of the season.
Eurosport claim that West Ham are rushing to sign Kral before Euro 2020 through fear of missing out if he excels, with agent Karol Kisel confirming that talks are underway.
What has Moyes said?
Moyes has now dropped a major hint. Speaking to The Times, he picked out Kral as one of his top seven players to watch at the Euros.
Moyes noted Kral is ‘similar in stature’ to Soucek, but plays in a different style as he protects his back four.
Moyes even added that Kral has ‘great mentality’ and ‘bags of energy’, comparing him to both of West Ham’s Czech stars – the biggest sign yet that the Hammers are really keen.
“Kral, who has just turned 23, is a young midfielder, developed at Slavia Prague, who moved to Spartak Moscow. He is likely to start in the Czech midfield alongside Tomas Soucek and is similar in stature to Tomas, though plays in a slightly different style.”
“He is good on the ball and looks to protect his defence and appears to have, like Tomas and Vladimir Coufal, great mentality and bags of energy,” he added.