In a new twist in West Ham’s ongoing interest in top target Abdallah Sima, West Ham may not be an attractive prospect in Sima’s mind as first thought.
The same source has also indicated that any deal between the Hammers and Sima’s current club, Slavia Praha, would command the largest fee yet that has been agreed between the two sides.
Naming the player’s price tag, West Ham will be set back by a formidable £30 million fee.
However, there is a consolation: previous insights from Claret & Hugh had separately indicated that Slavia wanted £40 million, making any final deal slightly more tenable for the West Ham hierarchy.
Slavia President Jaroslav Tvrdík had denied the previous price in a boost for the Hammers.
Given Coufal’s importance to David Moyes in a West Ham shirt, the deal to bring Coufal to London increasingly looks to be one of the shrewdest bargains of the season.
Sima, in relation to his appearances, is boasting a formidable record both domestically and at a European level.
If West Ham need an incredibly young yet energetic and clinical striker with bountiful potential, Sima increasingly looks cut in the right mold to rectify the lack of competition for Michail Antonio.
As always, it is a case of risk versus reward; Sima will not come cheaply to east London.