West Ham United missed out on a potential bargain in the summer but are plotting moves for a striker and defender next.
That’s according to insiders Claret & Hugh. The reliable West Ham source claim David Moyes was interested in signing a third player from Slavia Prague before the transfer window slammed shut.
Slavia Prague centre back Michal Frydrych was wanted by West Ham after the club’s success with the bargain captures of his former teammates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.
West Ham missed out on £750k Slavia defender
But according to Claret & Hugh, West Ham missed out on the 30-year-old defender to Polish Wisla Krakow who signed Frydrych for just £750,000.
That meant West Ham moved for Watford’s Craig Dawson in a loan deal as cover instead.
The Hammers are still planning to sign a striker and a defender, though.
And Claret & Hugh claims Moyes and the club’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold have been so impressed with Soucek and Coufal that they will continue to mine the Czech Fortuna Liga for talent.
Hammers plot moves for striker and defender – insider
“West Ham are eagerly scouting the Czech republic top clubs after successes with Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague,” Claret & Hugh claim.
“The Hammers missed out a Slavia Prague centre back Michal Frydrych who moved to Polish side Wisla Kraków for £750,000.
“The Irons are on the lookout for a striker and a centre back and could find value in the Fortuna Liga.”
West Ham fans are hoping the club will push through a deal for Josh King in January.
King failure comes back to haunt West Ham
According to Football Insider West Ham have a deal lined up with Bournemouth and the player.
West Ham’s failure to secure a move for King in the window looks like coming back to haunt them.
Michail Antonio is reportedly set for an extended spell on the sidelines after injuring his troublesome hamstring.
King would have been the ideal replacement. But instead Moyes must tweak the formation that has served West Ham so well this season to accommodate Sebastien Haller.