West Ham were actually happy with the terms required to sign Alex Kral before Spartak Moscow decided to hold out for more money according to ExWHUemployee.

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Hammers boss David Moyes has been heavily linked with a move to bring the 23-year-old to the London Stadium over the past few months (Sky Sports and The Express).

ExWHUemployee claimed the other day that the East London outfit’s interest in Kral had cooled, however.

Russian Football Premier League: Spartak Moscow 6 - 1 FC Krasnodar
West Ham target Alex Kral in action for Spartak Moscow (Photo by Sergei SavostyanovTASS via Getty Images)

Many West Ham fans were incredibly frustrated with that update by the well-renowned club insider.

West Ham Alex Kral pursuit explained

Ex has now elaborated on why the Hammers have momentarily stepped back from their pursuit of the 23-year-old midfielder, when speaking on the West Ham Way Podcast last night (June 8th):

Zenit v Spartak - Russian Cup Semi-Final
Alex Kral (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘The agent of Kral let us know his terms. We seemed quite happy with his terms. But Spartak want to let him play in the Euros first and then see what price they can get for him then and create a bidding war. Whilst he have an interest in him, it hasn’t grown beyond just being interested and checking out what was happening. There was never concrete interest in signing him at this particular moment. The priority signings are Lingard, a striker and a centre-back. If we can sign those targets and have £10 million left, and Kral is available for £10 million, then he may be someone we invest in.”

That is a worrying update for two reasons.

 

Firstly, if Kral does rip it up with the Czech Republic at the Euros, his price will sky rocket. The same can be said for the interest in his signature from other clubs.

Contrarily, if the midfielder struggled this summer, will the Hammers even want to sign him at all?

The bottom line is that waiting to secure a better price is never going to be a good idea when good players are concerned.

In all likelihood Kral will have a superb Euros and be snapped up by a team like Aston Villa or Leicester for around £20/25 million before being moved on for double that in a few years time.

Let’s just hope that this isn’t one that David Moyes, David Sullivan and David Gold live to regret.

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