By Alan Hutton

6th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

West Ham tipped to hit 'next level' as Kretinsky update reported - pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested a partnership with Sparta Prague could launch West Ham to the “next level”.

The former Tottenham defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Irons could benefit in multiple ways from an alliance with the Czech giants.

As reported by the Telegraph (31st October), the Irons’ prospective new investor Daniel Kretinsky will propose a partnership between Sparta Prague and West Ham.

The agreement will reportedly be seen as a potential player development line for the Irons.

Kretinsky has been co-owner and chairman of Sparta since 2004

West Ham have already recruited three players from the Czech Republic in recent seasons.

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Both Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal joined from Slavia Prague in 2020.

Meanwhile, Alex Kral arrived from Spartak Moscow on loan this summer.

Hutton hailed the rise of Czech football and insisted the partnership with Sparta Prague could be a major boost for West Ham.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They’re (Czech Republic) a really good team. A really strong team and producing talented players.

“You can see that because the English Premier League are picking off all types of players. They’re coming in and are doing really well.

“So it can be a great benefit for both sides. If you’re looking at young boys coming through at West Ham, they could then go over there for a little bit of experience to then come back.

“It works both ways. So it could be a real good thing for the club moving forward to elevate them to the next level.”

Sparta Prague finished as runners up in the Czech top-flight last season.

They currently sit fourth, three points off table-toppers Viktoria Plzen.

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