West Ham United are eyeing a loan move for Adam Hlozek, who is prepared to leave Sparta Praha in January.
According to a report from 90 Min, West Ham are targeting a move for Adam Hlozek. The Premier League giants have enjoyed a lot of success signing players from the Czech Republic, with Daniel Kretinsky, who is Sparta Praha’s president, recently acquiring a 27% stake at the club. As a result, they have emerged as the likeliest destination for the young forward.
A native of Ivancice, Hlozek is regarded as the most gifted talent to come out of Czechia since Tomas Rosicky. At the age of just 19, he has raised a lot of eyebrows with his performances in the domestic league, particularly with his explosive style of play and the ability to drift past opposing defenders at ease.
The young striker has already notched up over 100 competitive appearances for Sparta Praha, scoring 32 goals while chipping in with 29 assists. His rapid rise to prominence has also helped him make a breakthrough in the Czech national team, with the player notably being a part of the country’s Euro 2020 campaign.
However, in order to further enhance his skillset and gain more experience at the highest level of football, the 19-year-old Hlozek is prepared to take the next step in his career. The youngster hasn’t had any shortage of suitors of either, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund among clubs interested in his services.
West Ham, though, are mooted as his likely destination due to the club’s relationship with Sparta president as well as the contingent of Czech players present in the squad. It would make the job easier for the youngster to settle into life in London and football in the Premier League.
It appears the Hammers are primarily keen on a loan deal, though, with an option to buy that can be activated after the end of the season. It is perhaps enough to indicate that the young Hlozek isn’t the transfer priority for David Moyes in January, as the former Man United is much keener on securing the services of a new defender.
West Ham have already targeted players like James Tarkowski and Nathaniel Phillips so far this season, with Manchester City outcast Nathan Ake emerging as their latest defensive target. But with stiff competition in the market, it will be interesting to see whether the Londoners find any degree of success with their pursuit of such star players.