West Ham confirm £4m signing of Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal as he becomes David Moyes’ second arrival alongside fellow Czech Republic star Tomas Soucek
- West Ham have announced the signing of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague
- The right back joins for a fee of around £4m and is the club’ second signing
- He promised he would ‘do everything so that West Ham will be successful’
West Ham have announced the signing of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague, with the right back agreeing a deal until 2023.
David Moyes’ side have secured the Czech Republic international for a fee of around £4million as he becomes the club’s second transfer of the window and joins his compatriot Tomas Soucek.
Coufal will wear the No.5 shirt at the London Stadium and vowed to give his all to David Moyes to propel the team up the table.
West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal
‘I’m very happy I am part of the West Ham family,’ he told the club’s official 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.
‘Tomas [Soucek] told me on the best things, that it’s a good stadium with good fans and perfect teammates and staff. Tomas is my very good friend and I hope he will help me here.’
He will join fellow Czech Republic star and close friend Tomas Soucek at the London Stadium
Moyes said he was pleased to get the deal over the line after monitoring the player ‘for some time’ and backed the ‘hungry and ambitious’ star to adapt quickly to Premier League football.
‘We are delighted to welcome Vladimir and his family to West Ham United,’ he said.
‘He is a player we have been tracking for some time now and all of our reports have been very impressive. He has a lot of attributes and qualities that we believe will enable him to adapt quickly to the demands of the Premier League
David Moyes praised Coufal as ‘hungry and ambitious’ and believes he will adapt quickly
‘Vladimir fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the football club – hungry, ambitious and determined.
‘He is a proven talent with Champions League and international experience, but we believe his best years are still ahead of him here at West Ham.
‘We need to give Vladimir some time to settle in and get used to his new surroundings but having Tomas Soucek here will help him in that sense, and we are confident that he will make a positive impact and prove to be a great addition to the squad.’
The 28-year-old has eight caps for his national side and has played his entire career in his native Czech Republic – starting his career with Hlucin before moving on to Slovan Liberec – where he spent six years. He has spent the last two years with Slavia, making 81 appearances and scoring 7 goals.
Coufal spent his entire career in the Czech Republic and has eight caps for his national side
Meanwhile, West Ham are ready to press ahead with their pursuit of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Southampton – who along with the Hammers have been linked with Liverpool’s Marko Grujic – and Fulham are also keen on the Chelsea midfielder who Frank Lampard is ready to let leave on loan.
But while his wages may represent a stumbling block for some of his suitors West Ham have not been deterred.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another player West Ham are hopeful of signing before the deadline
They also remain in discussions with Jack Wilshere and hopeful of reaching an agreement over his exit.
Wilshere has less than 12 months left on the three-year contract, worth around £100,000-per-week, that he signed when he joined on a free after leaving Arsenal in 2018.
However he has been restricted to just 18 appearances due to injury. West Ham would ideally like to find a buyer for Wilshere that would allow them to recoup some cash.
However, if there are no takers before the window closes they aim to reach a compromise to cancel his contract by mutual consent.
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