By Kieran Maguire

3rd Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Kieran Maguire: West Ham have 'problem' after Kretinsky takeover update via Telegraph

A post-takeover West Ham could run into problems if they draw Daniel Kretinsky’s Sparta Prague side in Europe.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest developments at the London Stadium.

Czech billionaire Kretinsky is in advanced talks to buy a 27 per cent stake in West Ham with a view to a full takeover further down the line.

Kretinsky also owns Sparta Prague and, as per The Telegraph on 31 October, wants to establish a partnership between the two sides.

West Ham have a strong Czech connection after signing Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and Alex Kral in recent transfer windows.

But Maguire pointed out that there would be a conflict of interest if West Ham and Sparta were to face each other in Uefa competition.

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However, the spreadsheet expert was also quick to highlight the myriad benefits that a Sparta-Hammers partnership would entail.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “His ownership of Sparta Prague will be a problem if they draw each other in Europe.

“But West Ham have benefited superbly from the relationship. There has clearly been a line of communication between the two clubs.

“Whether that has extended to board level, we don’t know. It would make sense from Kretinsky’s point of view if that had been the case.

“Brexit’s impact on football makes these relationships worthwhile. There is logic in having that tie-in.

“There was something like 52 transfers between Watford and Udinese since the Pozzo takeover.

“I don’t anticipate things accelerating that fast, but at the same time, there are benefits to that synergy for all involved.”

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