West Ham ‘closing on’ Czech Republic star before the deadline

James Holland
Alex Kral West Ham

West Ham are hoping to pull off a late move for Czech Republic international Alex Kral, according to reports.

The Hammers already have Czech stars Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal in their ranks.

The pair were vital to West Ham’s Europa League qualification last term and are already loved by fans.

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Kral played alongside Soucek and Coufal at this summer’s European Championship and could now link up with them in England.

Sky Sports write that West Ham are “in talks” over a move for the 23-year-old midfielder before the window slams shut at 11pm.

The Hammers are aiming to sign him from Russian outfit Spartak Moscow.

Fabrizio Romano provided an update on Kral’s situation at around 4-30pm via Twitter:

“West Ham are closing on Alex Kral deal. Confirmed. Spartak chief Evgeny Melezhikov confirms: “Kral is leaving. We had different options for him (Atalanta). We’ve agreed on all terms with West Ham”

The east London side were first linked with Kral on May 27. Reports claimed that lengthy discussions had already taken place with the player’s agent.

Kral featured 29 times in the Russian league last term as Spartak finished second in the table.

He has already played seven times in all competitions this season, registering one assist.

Earlier on Tuesday, West Ham completed the €30million (£25.7m) signing of Croatia international Nikola Vlasic.

He has penned a five-year deal after arriving from CSKA Moscow.

On the move, David Moyes said: “I am delighted to welcome Nikola to West Ham United.

“I have been watching Nikola improve over recent seasons – he has got a good goals and assists record during that time. He is also a Croatia international with experience and still being only 23, I feel there is more to come from him.

“I was really impressed with how determined Nikola was to become a West Ham player. It’s that hunger and ambition that fits with what we are trying to build here at the club.”

Vlasic already has experience in the Premier League, having been at Everton between 2017 and 2019. However, he joined the Toffees at a turbulent time and struggled to impress manager Sam Allardyce.