West Ham are allegedly eyeing up a January transfer for Hellas Verona ace Antonin Barak.
Calcio Hellas reckon that the Czech Republic international is valued at around €20 million (£17 million).
Some would argue that Barak is a top-class international player who would be a fine addition for West Ham.
However, others would suggest that he’s not good enough to be a success in the Premier League and that David Moyes should be aiming a lot higher.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Personally, I think the Hammers should be aiming a lot higher than Antonin Barak. It could be a moot point though…
West Ham January transfer for Barak a no-go?
According to a report from Calcio Mercato, the 27-year-old Czech could now bet set to stay with Hellas Verona until the end of the season.
That was after Antonin Barak scored a magnificent hat-trick against Sassuolo on Sunday.
The Hellas Verona play-maker has now bagged eight goals and four assists in 18 appearances Serie A this season (Transfermarkt).
Those are some pretty impressive numbers but let’s not get too disappointed about the fact that West Ham could miss out on his signature in the January transfer window.
The Premier League is a completely different animal to Serie A. Players in England don’t get anywhere near as much time on the ball as they do in Italy.
Many players have arrived in England from foreign lands and struggled to adapt to the intensity and robust nature of Premier League football.
There are no guarantees that Barak would hit the ground running at the London Stadium and there is a case to be made that he would struggle to adapt at all.
Another point that must be made here is that David Moyes needs to sign a striker and a centre-back as a matter of urgency.
The addition of an attacking play-maker shouldn’t even be on the Scot’s radar at the moment.
Barak could have been a decent addition if West Ham got deals for a striker and a centre-back over the line first. He could have been a complete dud as well.
We won’t lose any sleep over missing out on the Czech Republic international, that’s for sure.