West Ham are battling Newcastle United in the race to sign Udinese’s Antonin Barak.
What’s the story?
According to reports over the summer from Corriere di Verona (print edition, 06/2021, page 14), Hammers boss David Moyes was weighing up a potential swoop for the midfielder.
The report added that Serie A duo Inter and AC Milan are also in the race, although Udinese are not keen on letting him go this month.
Imagine him and Rice
While Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have become the cornerstones of West Ham’s midfield, Moyes could look to partner Barak with the Englishman.
The Udinese ace has already earned some rave reviews for his performances, not least with Czech Republic legend Pavel Nedved, who said: “If we talk about Czech talents, we do not have to try a lot. Udinese has Barak and Jankto, two I like. They are doing well, but I think they can play at a higher level.”
Meanwhile, a player profile done by Dalian Wanda said of him: “Towering at 1.90m, Antonin Barak is a central midfielder who is great in air, also comfortable enough to put the ball on the floor and play, not afraid to let fly from distance either! He’s the engine room for this Czech team.”
Barak also achieved history a couple of seasons ago by becoming only the second foreign player to score three goals in the first seven games in Serie A for Hellas Verona, after Preben Elkjær Larsen in 1987/88.
The Czech ace has scored more goals and provided more assists than Soucek this season, while he also boasts far more shots, key passes and dribbles per game – a real indication of the greater attacking threat that he brings to the table in comparison to his fellow countryman at the London Stadium.
The 6 foot 3 beast could be another player to establish a formidable partnership with Rice in the engine room for West Ham.
Meanwhile, Moyes is now keen on signing this Premier League star…
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