West Ham have the edge over Liverpool in the race to sign Adam Hlozek because of their Czech Republic connection.
That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that West Ham are “very keen” on the striker.
However, West Ham fear that Liverpool could upstage them in the pursuit of the 18-year-old Sparta Prague ace.
West Ham already have two Czech natives on the books in Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek.
And Kenny predicts that the Czech connection will give the Hammers a massive advantage in the race for Hlozek‘s signature.
“These players are talking to each other,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“If they are speaking with each other then it might help him settle a bit better if he goes there.
“If Liverpool are interested, it’s always going to be difficult to turn them down.
“But with the other Czech players, West Ham might be the place for him to bed himself in easier.
“It will help to have people the same nationality as him there. They have an edge with that.”
Soucek quickly became a fan favourite in East London after signing from Slavia Prague, initially on loan before making the switch permanent in July.
Coufal arrived last summer and has too proved a revelation, missing just one league match for David Moyes’ side.