According to various sources, West Ham are well on their way to their first major signing of the summer as they pursue a deal that will bring 'hot property' Alex Kral to the London Stadium, in fact some reports go as far as to say that the player has already agreed personal terms with West Ham United ahead of his anticipated move from Spartak Moscow.
Of course as with any significant transfer, there is the jeopardy of other clubs hijacking the deal, or that the financial arrangements do not suit ALL parties involved. Hammers' lack of resources are an open secret, as is the club's desperate need for reinforcements.
One particular fly in the ointment is the funding issue, the club needs to somehow acquire a centre forward, a midfielder ie: Kral, a full back, a back up striker and an additional centre back as, bare minimum. Lukasz Fabianski's role as main keeper might also have to be addressed due to his increasing injuries, but NOT because of a lack of form.
West Ham are pushing hard to get the deal concluded for Kral BEFORE this summer’s Euros next month, that’s according to the Czech star’s agent Karol Kisel, who also represents Vladimir Coufal. However word has reached us that West Ham are attempting to use Andriy Yarmolenko as a make weight in the deal.
Sky Sports backed up Kisel’s claims that West Ham have made contact with him over a potential £14 Million move from Spartak, but were sparse with their details of the proposed deal. Hammers have offered 'Yarmo' as part exchange for the Czech International, and are seeking an eye watering £7 Million for his services!
Furthermore, there is the not so slight problem of moving Yarmolenko on due to his staggering £115,000 per week wages. Why would Spartak want to swap a 23 year old with an enormous future ahead of him for an ageing injury prone highly paid player? Even if Yarmo is only a small part of the package, who ever dreamt it up either needs a pat on the back, or pushing off a cliff!
Obviously West Ham have to cut their cloth according to their means during the summer window, but for once won't have to pretend they are trying to sign players that they have no realistic hope of actually signing, just in order to push up season ticket sales.
The club's actions in the transfer market, both acquisitions and releases will dictate not just next season, but the seasons beyond, it is up to the Board to work out where they really want to be. - Ed