By Alan Hutton

24th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit fears West Ham dressing room divide after update on bid to sign Hlozek

Alan Hutton has warned West Ham about recruiting too many Czech players amid plans to sign Sparta Prague sensation Adam Hlozek.

The former Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested having numerous players from one country could have a negative impact on the dressing room.

As revealed by Football Insider (22nd November), West Ham are laying the groundwork to sign Hlozek in January.

The Irons already have Czech stars Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and loanee Alex Kral on their books.

However, Hutton warned having a group of foreign players can cause problems behind the scenes.

Asked if having several players from one background could have an impact on the dressing room, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Definitely. I think you have to be careful.

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“On one hand, another player coming over to a foreign country and settling down, if you’ve got someone that you know, has done it before, of course it helps.

“But when you start going four, five, six players, then it may become a problem. I’m not saying that it always does but there’s a possibility that it can.

“You distance yourself from other players because you’ve got people you feel familiar with.

“You feel good round about them and you maybe distance yourself from the rest of the squad. Then there’s no positive effect.

“I think you just have to be wary, you have to be careful. It doesn’t always plan out that way. Just be careful there’s not too many.”

Soucek and Coufal both joined the Irons in 2019, while Kral arrived on loan this summer.

The Hammers also have Czech representation on the board in new investor Daniel Kretinsky.

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