West Ham have confirmed the signing of the one-season loan from Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral.
The 23-year-old joins compatriots and former Slavia Prague team-mates Tomas Soucek and Vladimír Coufal on a permanent deal at the club.
Kral has made 22 appearances for the Czech Republic and was part of the squad for Euro 2020.
Two of those caps came in games against England – a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying win in Prague in October 2019 and a narrow loss at Wembley at Euro 2020 in June.
Upon signing, West Ham boss David Moyes said: “He will provide good competition down the middle of the midfield.
“He is another talented young player who we believe has great potential and will be able to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
“We initially loaned him out and hopefully over the course of the season he will make a valuable contribution, especially with our busier fixture schedule.
“Alex is another international player established with the Czech Republic, and we hope he has similar characteristics and hunger as Tomas (Soucek) and Vladimir (Coufal).”
This is the second deal the Hammers have reached, after signing Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow for € 30million (£ 25.7million) plus € 9million (7.7million pounds sterling) of supplements.
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