By Alan Hutton

27th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Kretinsky tipped to help West Ham beat Liverpool to Hlozek signing after source's reveal

Alan Hutton has suggested Daniel Kretinsky could play a big part in helping West Ham beat Liverpool to the signing of Sparta Prague sensation Adam Hlozek.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted luring the 19-year-old striker to east London over Anfield would be something of a coup.

As revealed by Football Insider (22nd November), West Ham are laying the groundwork for a January deal after long-term interest in the hitman.

This site also detailed Liverpool’s strong interest prior to the summer window.

New West Ham shareholder Kretinsky is also co-owner and president of Sparta Prague.

Hutton admitted the businessman’s involvement, as well as Czech West Ham stars Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, would help the Irons’ cause.

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Asked if the ties to the Czech Republic could swing things in West Ham’s favour, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, of course. I mean, it always helps.

“They’ve got the investor from there as well. Soucek, Coufal, all these guys that have come over and done excellently well. That’s all good.

“But if Liverpool or someone come in for you, I mean that’s a different conversation.

“We’re talking about a team that’s going for Champions League, going for the league. That’s a different draw entirely, under one of the best managers in the world.

“You’d have to wait and see who’s got the solid offer. A lot of it can be speculation, especially running up to January with different clubs.

“Two good deals for a player there, that I’m sure to be desperate to take either one of them.”

Hlozek scored 15 goals and contributed eight assists in just 19 league appearances for Sparta Prague last season.

He also has 12 international caps under his belt.

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