West Ham are being linked with a number of high-profile January signings amid reports that Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky is closing on a 27 per cent stake in the Hammers.
The east Londoners have been owned by David Gold and David Sullivan since 2010. The co-chairmen could though be about to relinquish some control in the latest shift in the ownership of a Premier League club. According to reports on Thursday, Kretinsky is in “advanced talks” to take an initial 27% stake in the club. Significantly, the initial investment could then reportedly lead to a full takeover.
Furthermore, an official announcement could arrive by the first weekend of November. That’s around the time of West Ham’s Premier League game against Liverpool.
The report claims the club is valued somewhere between £600m and £700m. That’s around double what the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund recently bought Newcastle United for.
It also surpasses the estimation received in two bids over the summer from PAI Capital. They did not meet the valuation of majority owner Sullivan and were swiftly rejected.
Even so, the cash injection that Kretinsky can provide is already providing excitement among supporters. The 46-year-old is the CEO of EPH, which is central Europe’s largest energy group. He has a net worth, as per Forbes, of $4bn.
Known as the “Czech Sphinx”, he is already the largest shareholder in Royal Mail and the second largest in Sainsbury’s.
Now with speculation swirling, the Daily Express believes they are already casting their eye towards five exciting January additions.
And top of their list will be the familiar face of Jesse Lingard, who impressed during his loan spell there last season.
Jesse Lingard chased by four Premier League clubs
Jesse Lingard is reportedly the subject of interest from four Premier League clubs, with more news on Donny an de Beek and Antonio Conte.
His contract is due to expire next summer and he appears certain to leave in the winter window. Everton are also emerging as suitors for the England man. But Lingard knows a move to West Ham would make sense from a professional point of view.
The Hammers are also reportedly casting admiring glances towards Holland winger Noa Lang. Arsenal and Leeds are also reportedly keen on the Club Brugges star following his impressive form in Belgium.
Brugges are understandably against his sale in January and have reportedly placed a prohibitive fee on his head.
West Ham targeting moves for striker trio
The Hammers are also reportedly considering moves for two of Europe’s hottest young strikers.
Therefore, links to Adam Hlozek are obvious with the Hammers having a long-standing interest in the Czech teen. Indeed, the highly-rated 19-year-old has four goals and seven assists in all competitions so far this season.
David Moyes and Co are also reportedly looking at Spartak Moscow striker Jordan Larsson. The 24-year-old is the son of Celtic icon Henrik and has 25 goals in 61 appearances since moving to Russia.
However, their main target could well be a more proven striker in the shape of Torino’s Andrea Belotti.
The 27-year-old Italy striker is also out of contract at the end of the season. And having scored a total of 106 goals in 233 games, he’s a man in demand.
Multiple Serie A sides are reportedly keen on a deal. However, a sizeable offer and contract at West Ham could tempt the 39-times capped star to join the Hammers.