A new report claims major West Ham United flop Alex Kral is set for RB Leipzig after David Moyes made a decision on his future.
Hammers boss Moyes brought the 24-year-old midfielder to West Ham on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow last summer.
But Kral surely has to go down as one of the worst signings ever made by West Ham – albeit fortunately only on loan.
In what was a mammoth season for West Ham with a ridiculously shallow squad, Kral managed only 255 minutes of action in the entire campaign and just one of those minutes was in the Premier League.
Incredibly, 21 West Ham players played more minutes than Kral last term (Transfermarkt).
West Ham did have an option to make the curly-haired Czech Republic international midfielder’s move permanent for around £17m this summer.
Report: Major West Ham flop Alex Kral set for RB Leipzig move after David Moyes decision
It was obvious Moyes was never going to take up that option but now it has been all but confirmed.
New reports claim major West Ham flop Kral is set for a move to RB Leipzig after Moyes made the decision not to make the loan permanent.
“It’s reported that Leipzig are seeking a physically strong number six who can break down opposition attacks and possesses good passing ability,” Get German Football News states off the back of the Sky Germany report.
“Per the report, there has already been an initial consultation between Leipzig and the Czech international’s management.
“Kral was once a regular under the current Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco during his time spent managing Spartak.”
Quite whether Kral qualifies as a “physically strong” central midfielder is open to debate.
West Ham boss Moyes would most likely disagree.
Some West Ham fans were baffled by Kral’s lack of game time given Mark Noble’s obvious limitations and the below par form of his compatriot Tomas Soucek.
Kral impressed in a 1-0 Carabao Cup win away at Man United but rarely saw the light of day thereafter at West Ham.
With Noble retired and Kral not being retained, Moyes simply must sign a new central midfielder.
He has been linked with Chelsea academy graduate Conor Gallagher, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.