There is exciting news for West Ham United fans today after the manager of Slavia Prague officially admitted talks have started over the potential sale of Abdallah Sima to the Hammers.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for 19-year-old Senegalese strike sensation Sima since he was recommended to the club by former Slavia star Tomas Soucek.
After the success of Soucek and his former Slavia teammate Vladimir Coufal at West Ham, Sima has been heavily tipped to complete a hat-trick of arrivals in east London from the Czech club.
Manager officially admits talks have started to sell Sima to West Ham
A report from The Evening Standard last week claimed Sima has had a big change of heart over his future. He now wants a move to the Premier League over his previous preference of the Bundesliga this summer.
And now Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky has admitted discussions have taken place with West Ham over Sima.
“There is interest in Abdallah Sima,” Trpisovsky said on Sunday – as reported on Slavia Prague’s official Twitter feed.
“There’s a set price at which he could leave.
‘He’s very high on West Ham’s list’
“We focus on managing the rest of the season with us. We talked about it with the boys from West Ham, where they have him very high on the list of possible reinforcements.”
The set price Trpisovsky mentioned is thought to be around £25-30million.
Slavia president previously suggested around £25m would land Sima
“Now we know about offers for the summer, which range from €20m to €25m (£21.5m),” he explained.
“Of course, it is difficult to overtake. But the amount that The Sun speculates about (£30m plus) would be difficult to refuse.
“This is for five years of operation of Slavia, and we would still build a youth academy of Abdallah Sima.”