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Report claims West Ham will have to pay £21 million to sign Jesse Lingard alternative
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Report claims West Ham will have to pay £21 million to sign Jesse Lingard alternative

West Ham must pay a hefty fee this summer if we want to sign Jesse Lingard alternative Antonin Barak from Hellas Verona.

That’s according to a report from Calciomercato who claims that Hellas Verona will not sell the 27-year-old for anything less than €25 million (£21 million) this summer.

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Napoli allegedly want to sign the Czech Republic international as well.

West Ham were keen to bring Barak to the London Stadium in both the January and summer transfer windows according to the likes of Calcio Hellas and Tuttomercatoweb.

David Moyes instead focused on bringing Jesse Lingard to the London Stadium. Unfortunately for West Ham though, the Scot was unable to get a deal for Lingard over the line.

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It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Hammers make one final attempt to sign Jesse in the summer but if we fail to do so, David Moyes seemingly has an alternative option lined up…

West Ham told price to pay for Lingard alternative

The Hammers will have to pay £21 million at the very least if we want to sign Antonin Barak away from Hellas Verona in the summer transfer window according to a report from Calciomercato.

The Athletic recently described the Czech as a potential Jesse Lingard alternative for West Ham.

The 27-year-old attacking midfielder would be a decent addition for the Hammers but we can’t lie, it would hardly be an exciting summer signing from David Moyes.

Barak racked up seven goals and three assists in 34 games for Hellas Verona last season and has 10 goals and four assists to his name in 24 games this term (Transfermarkt).

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He is a decent player with impressive technical ability but there has to be questions marks as to whether he would be able to adapt to the frenetically paced, intense nature of Premier League football.

David Moyes should be prioritising the additions of a striker, a centre-back, a left-back and a central midfielder this summer.

The Hammers manager won’t have unlimited funds to spend in the transfer window, so he will have to be clever with his player recruitment.

Barak wouldn’t be the worst signing in the world but we think it would just be an unnecessary one, especially for £21 million.

Moyes has a lot more pressing issues on his plate than signing a number 10 this summer, that’s for sure.

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