West Ham could continue a recurring theme in their recruitment patterns this January as the Hammers have reportedly scouted 18-year-old striker Adam Hlozek, according to Claret & Hugh.
The young talent has already made 50 senior appearances for Sparta Prague and has turned down interest from Arsenal and Bayern Munich in the past, having been scouted extensively by many European sides over the last three years [Claret & Hugh].
The source reported that Tomas Soucek has already told Irons manager David Moyes that Hlozek is of a high calibre which matches some of Europe’s finest scorers, despite his young age and lack of experience. His contract runs until June 2022 and Sparta Prague will be in no rush to part with their key asset.
Hlozek would fit in with a recent trend: the Hammers have had a fondness for recruiting Czech talent in recent transfer windows. In the summer, West Ham made Soucek’s loan spell permanent whilst his former Slavia Prague teammate Vladimir Coufal was reunited with him at the London Stadium three months ago.
The Hammers have been previously linked with another former teammate of the Czech duo in Slavia Praha goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, whilst Hlozek is also on their radar.
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Signing Hlozek would be a smart move by the Hammers board, even though he would likely come at a hefty premium for an 18-year-old.
With significant potential to be improved, Hlozek could even be loaned back for half a season to Prague in order to further his development with guaranteed minutes.