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West Ham United have not made contact with Spartak Moscow about a deal to bring Alex Kral to the Premier League, the Russian club’s sporting director told Soccer

While a Patrik Schick-inspired Czech Republic poured on Scotland’s parade on Monday afternoon, it is difficult to dispel the notion that the occasion passed his poodle-haired teammate by.

The highly-rated Kral failed to stamp his authority on proceedings at Hampden Park, completing just 60 per cent of his attempted passes while struggling to justify that hefty £14 million price-tag. 

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While Hammers legend Trevor Sinclair may be keen on the idea of Kral linking up with Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek at the London Stadium, the Slovakia-born 23-year-old will head into Friday’s clash against Croatia with something of a point to prove. 

Is Alex Kral heading to West Ham United?

According to Spartak director Yevgeny Melezhikov, there have been no offers for Kral this summer. Not from West Ham, not from anyone.

And that is unlikely to change if the 23-year-old performs like he did in Glasgow for the rest of Euro 2020. 

“There have not been any proposals for Kral yet, nor has there been any contact with West Ham,” he said. 

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David Moyes’ West Ham have also been linked with the likes of Yangel Herrera – the perennial Manchester City loanee who would rival Soucek himself when it comes to winning aerial duels – as well as Norway international Morten Thorsby. 

According to reports coming out of Italy this week, it will take just £7 million to lure Thorsby away from Sampdoria, meaning he is available for around 50 per cent less than Kral. 

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