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West Ham are in pole position to sign Czech Republic international Antonin Barak report claims
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West Ham are in pole position to sign Czech Republic international Antonin Barak report claims

West Ham are in pole position to sign Hellas Verona ace Antonin Barak this month according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb.

Hammers boss David Moyes has plenty of work to do at the London Stadium this month.

The Scot’s priorities should be to bring a centre-back and a striker to the London Stadium before the January transfer window slams shut.

David Moyes absolutely has to make those two additions if West Ham are to push on for a top four finish this season.

It seems as though the Hammers manager is eyeing further reinforcements in other areas, however.

VERONA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 22: Antonin Barak of Hellas Verona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Hellas and Empoli FC at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on November 22, 2021 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

West Ham leading Antonin Barak race

The 27-year-old Hellas Verona star is firmly on the Hammers’ radar according to Tuttomercatoweb.

In fact, West Ham are thought to be leading the race for the 29-capped Czech Republic international’s signature.

Barak racked up seven goals and four assists in 36 games for Hellas Verona last season. This term, the 27-year-old has bagged five goals and three assists in 16 games (Transfermarkt).

The Czech ace would be a decent acquisition for West Ham. He is said to be valued at around €14 million (£12 million) according to TMW.

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It must be said though…surely Moyes should be setting his sights higher than the Hellas Verona man. He’s not on the same level as Jesse Lingard and if we are to make real progress over the next couple of years, Moyes should be targeting a younger, more dynamic and energetic attacking midfield signing.

Barak has no experience of playing Premier League football and there is always a chance that players who succeed in Serie A will struggle in the English top flight.

The main problem we see with trying to sign Barak though is that Moyes has far more pressing issues than adding to his attacking midfield ranks.

West Ham absolutely cannot allow the January transfer window to pass without signing a top-class central defender and an elite striker.

The Hammers have an unbelievable chance to take a giant stride forward this season with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United all in transition periods.

Moyes has to get his business spot on this month and more importantly, the Hammers owners must allow the Scot to do the work that needs to be done.

Barak wouldn’t be a bad addition for West Ham. In fact, he’d be a pretty decent one.

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We just don’t want to see him signed before a central defender and a forward are brought in to the London Stadium this month.

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