Hammers co-owner Daniel Kretinsky has the chance to prove he’s the real deal after David Ornstein’s West Ham transfer claim.
West Ham fans understandably have huge doubts over new co-owner Kretinsky after the club’s failure to sign the players David Moyes wanted in January.
With a golden opportunity in front of West Ham, hopes were high going into the window following the arrival of Czech billionaire Kretinsky a couple of months before.
The Hammers did not sign a single player, though, and West Ham’s shallow squad has been seriously stretched during the most important period of the season as a result.
One piece of business done before Kretinsky’s arrival could now give him the chance to prove he’s the real deal, though.
The Hammers signed goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from PSG in the summer.
French media claim that option is £11m. And Moyes admitted back in December he wants to make the move permanent.
Areola has been seriously impressive when called upon for West Ham in the Europa League and cups this season.
He has been forced to play understudy to number one Lukasz Fabianski.
But make no mistake his amazing, cat-like reaction save from alleged West Ham striker target Youssef En-Nesyri at 0-0 in that win over Sevilla was worth a goal.
Areola, who is once again in the France squad and looks set to go to Qatar 2022, somehow managed to get a strong wrist on En-Nesyri’s fiercely struck close range strike.
It was a breathtaking moment which was ultimately as – if not more – important than West Ham’s goals themselves.
We here at Hammers News dubbed it the £11m save because it will surely have convinced West Ham – if there was any doubt – to get him signed up permanently.
The World Cup winner’s kicking, with both feet, is immense. At a towering 6ft 5in, the West Ham loan star has superb presence and is a truly top class goalkeeper.
Having just turned 29 he could and should be West Ham’s long-term successor for Fabianski.
The permanent transfer option already well publicised. But also a second option for another season-long loan deal.
“West Ham also have the option to re-sign the France international on loan for next season,” Ornstein said in The Athletic.
Daniel Kretinsky chance to prove he’s the real deal after David Ornstein’s West Ham transfer claim
“Another temporary spell would make financial sense. Areola has been a good understudy for Lukasz Fabianski and was outstanding in the Europa League win over Sevilla. At 29, Areola is seven years younger than the former Poland international, so a permanent stay at the London Stadium cannot be ruled out.”
Why would West Ham loan Areola again, though, if this is a player rated by all who can clearly be the club’s long-term number one?
Kretinsky now has the perfect chance to prove he’s the real deal after Ornstein’s West Ham transfer claim regarding Areola.
Will the club’s second biggest stakeholder show the colour of his money and that he is not here to mess around by going out and getting the permanent deal done?
Or will West Ham scrimp and save here and there and leave themselves open to losing a top player as well as taking up one of their important loan slots too.
You can’t build a team for the long-term around loan players.
West Ham must show their ambition and go and invest in the right players at the right prices.
Areola at £11m is an absolute bargain, no-brainer of a deal.
If Kretinsky is party to simply renewing a loan then you have to wonder is he the real deal for West Ham?