Simple decision for David Moyes as West Ham decide to let summer signing depart
West Ham are reportedly willing to see loanee Alex Kral leave, with David Moyes deciding he does not want to sign him on a permanent basis.
Kral joined the Hammers in the summer, on a loan deal with an option to buy. Indeed, a permanent deal for the Czech would be worth £17million.
West Ham could be obligated to sign Kral, but only if he makes a certain number of appearances.
The midfielder has appeared for just 255 minutes since the signing in the summer. Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have been preferred to Kral, who has made little impact in the side.
As such, it seems the Hammers are nowhere near the stage where they would have to sign him. What’s more, it now seems that Moyes’ side have made a decision against signing him anyway.
A report from Football Insider states that the Hammers have made up their minds, and will not take up the option to buy Kral.
Given his lack of impact in the side, it is clear to see why Moyes is willing to pass up on the signing. The east London side would have expected more from Kral upon signing.
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Indeed, he made five assists in 29 Russian Premier Liga appearances last season. However, the transition from Russia to England may have been a tough one for the midfielder.
As such, it is likely that Kral will return to Spartak Moscow at the end of the loan spell with West Ham.
Kral funds could be put to better use
The £17million that the Hammers would have had to pay for Kral could surely be put to better use. Indeed, the Hammers have been linked with a number of big names of late.
One name that has cropped up recently is Lille defender Sven Botman. West Ham would likely have to battle Newcastle United for his signature.
While the Magpies could likely match any bid the Hammers could put in, the league positions could see the Hammers come out on top.
Indeed, they are a healthy seventh in the Premier League, and have been battling for a top-four finish this term. On the contrary, Newcastle have been trying to fend off the threat of relegation.
As such, the Hammers could have the upper hand. What’s more, their good form this season could lead other potential signings to look favourably upon them.
In addition, they should have a good deal of funds available to them to make squad additions in the summer.
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