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West Ham ready to pay £17m for former Soucek and Coufal teammate Antonin Barak in January
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West Ham ready to pay £17m for former Soucek and Coufal teammate Antonin Barak in January

West Ham really like Hellas Verona ace Antonin Barak and are prepared to pay around £17 million to sign him in January according to Calcio Hellas.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be a very busy man in the transfer market in January.

The Scot’s priority will be to sign a top-class centre-forward. With Angelo Ogbonna being ruled out for the season and the prognosis on Kurt Zouma not looking good, the addition of a quality centare-back should be on Moyes’s agenda as well.

It could be argued that West Ham need another attacking midfielder too though, with Said Benrahma set to head off to the Africa Cup of nations with Algeria in the new year. And Moyes may well have his eye on the man for the job.

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West Ham plot January Antonin Barak bid

Calcio Hellas reckon that the Hammers are prepared to pay around £17 million for the attacking midfielder.

The Czech Republic international shone for his country at the Euros this summer.

The Hellas Verona ace is international teammates with Hammers duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek. He enjoyed a brief spell with Slavia Prague with his fellow countryman as well.

Barak racked up seven goals and three assists in 34 games for Hellas Verona last season (Transfermarkt).

The Czech Republic international is a technically gifted operator and plays with a really attacking mindset. He is also a very hard worker, however. So it’s obvious why he would appeal to David Moyes.

This term, Barak has bagged five goals and three assists in 16 games for Hellas Verona.

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The 27-year-old could be a very useful addition for West Ham.

We have to say though, surely we should be setting our sights a lot higher than Barak.

Signing Jesse Lingard should be our number one priority in January.

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If Moyes thinks Barak is the man for the job, however, we will trust his judgement because let’s face it, he hasn’t got much wrong since returning to the London Stadium has he!

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