By Noel Whelan

25th Nov, 2021 | 4:00pm

West Ham tipped to sign 'perfect' Antonio partner after source update on Europa League sensation - pundit

West Ham should complete the signing of “match-winner” Adam Hlozek in January to avoid burning Michail Antonio out, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 19-year-old can keep the Hammers top-scorer “on his toes” at the London Stadium.

This site exclusively revealed on Monday (November 22nd) that West Ham are working on a deal to land Sparta Prague sensation Adam Hlozek, 19, in January.

New Hammers investor Daniel Kretinsky also owns a 40% stake in the Czech giants.

Whelan insisted David Moyes can “take advantage” of Kretinsky’s ownership to land Hlozek, who has been lighting up this season’s Europa League for Sparta.

“If you look at the bigger clubs in that top six right now, they have strength in depth and quality they can turn to when they need it,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“It’s always healthy to have that competition in a squad – it can keep players on their toes and playing at the top of their game.

“As well as Antonio has done, you don’t want to burn him out. If it’s not working for him in a game, you need to have that change ready who can go out there and be a match-winner.

“David Moyes will understand that. If he can get this deal over the line, maybe even with a loan-to-buy deal from Sparta Prague – it’d be perfect.

“You’ve got to take advantage of this situation with the mutual ownership.”

Hlozek has played 106 times for Sparta and scored 32 times as well as provided 29 assists since graduating from their youth ranks.

He was used mainly as a substitute by the Czech Republic in the Euros, when Patrik Schick was the first choice forward.

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