West Ham have signed Czech Republic defender Vladimir Coufal for an undisclosed fee.
The 28-year-old right-back joins the Hammers from Slavia Prague on a contract until the summer of 2023, with the option of a further two years.
“I’m very happy I am part of the West Ham family,” Coufal told the official club website. “I will do everything so that West Ham will be successful.
“I know about the interest West Ham had in me for a long time but now finally I am here and I am so happy.”
Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik confirmed Coufal was having a medical in London on Wednesday evening, with the fee reported to be around £5m.
Coufal has won two Czech titles since joining Slavia in 2018 and starred in his country’s 2-1 win over England last year.
West Ham were racing to get Coufal signed and registered in time for the trip to the King Power to face Leicester.
They look like being successful with the cut off point 12pm on Friday.
Meanwhile, West Ham are reportedly confident that they are going to beat Tottenham to the signing of defender Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea.
The two London clubs are both interested in signing the Germany international, whose Stamford Bridge future is in doubt.
However, the Mirror claims that the Hammers believe they are leading the chase for the player. That is due to the fact that Chelsea will not want the player to join Spurs.
David Moyes’ side want to take Rudiger on loan, and West Ham believe the Blues would prefer a temporary deal.