By Kevin Campbell

23rd Nov, 2022 | 2:30pm

Vladimir Coufal could now quit West Ham after talks reveal - pundit

Kevin Campbell has claimed West Ham can “cope without” Vladimir Coufal if he wants a move to Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons will want to receive a fee from the Germans in order to replace the 30-year-old.

Coufal, who is currently out of contract at the end of this season, can discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from 1 January but West Ham have the option to extend his deal until 2025.

According to Sky Germany journalist Marlon Irlbacher (14 November), the Czechia international has held “positive talks” with Leverkusen about joining Xabi Alonso’s side.

Coufal burst onto the scene after his move from Slavia Prague in 2020 but has started less than half of West Ham’s Premier League games this term.

Summer signing Thilo Kehrer has often featured for under-pressure boss David Moyes in a right-back role.

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Campbell claimed Coufal’s performances have “dropped off” since his initial bright start at the London Stadium.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “If he wants to go back abroad then West Ham have got to make it work.

“They’ve coped without him in the team.

“He was part of that vibrant team who were upsetting a lot of big teams. But the results have dropped off, and so have his performances.

“Him going back to Europe is probably a good move for everyone if West Ham can get a fee big enough to replace him.”

In other news, Football Insider updates with Declan Rice expected to leave West Ham after multiple offers submitted.