West Ham could now miss out on Antonin Barak to Newcastle United according to a report from Tutto Hellas Verona.
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L’Arena claimed back in July that Hammers boss David Moyes was prepared to part with around £10 million to bring the 26-year-old to the London Stadium.
The Italian outfit now want more money for Barak, however.
Tutto Hellas Verona suggest that it will take around £21 million to prise him away from the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi.
And the East London outfit now face another obstacle if they are to sign the 27-capped Czech Republic international.
West Ham to miss out on Antonin Barak to Newcastle?
Tutto Hellas Verona reckon that the Magpies are leading the charge for the attacking midfielder.
Newcastle have new found wealth after the recent takeover by the Saudi Public Investment Group.
Barak racked up seven goals and three assists in 34 games for Hellas Verona last season and has four goals and one assist to his name in 12 games this term (Transfermarkt).
If truth be told though, the last thing we need is another attacking midfielder in January.
Moyes should be prioritising the additions of a top-class centre-forward and a quality left-back.
Missing out on Barak to Newcastle will not be the end of the world.
The Czech ace is international teammates with Hammers duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek. He enjoyed a brief spell with Slavia Prague with his fellow countryman as well.
So the Hellas Verona ace will undoubtedly be a well-known commodity at the London Stadium.
But unless the West Ham pair have really talked Barak up, we probably aren’t actually in for him at all.
A striker and a left-back should be at the very top of Moyes’s wish-list. Barak is a decent player but West Ham simply don’t need him at the moment.