By Joe Ellis

1st Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Vladimir Coufal is 'one to watch' at West Ham United in January - Dharmesh Sheth

The future of Vladimir Coufal could be a main storyline for West Ham United this January transfer window, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

The 30-year-old is said to be growing increasingly frustrated at the London Stadium with games being few and far between since Thilo Kehrer arrived in the summer.

The Czech Republic international did play in the 2-0 defeat to Brentford on 30 December but he may still be heading for the exit door in the January transfer window.

“West Ham have their eyes open in the market, but increasingly likely to be a quiet window following the record spend in the summer,” Sheth said to Sky Sports. “Manager David Moyes has re-iterated his new look squad needs time to gel.

“There has been lots of talk about Declan Rice’s future – he won’t leave in January, but he could be one of the big stories in the summer.

“West Ham have a few injury concerns in defence and do not want to let anyone go – however, right back Vladimir Coufal is growing increasingly frustrated with his limited game time. He could be one to watch in January.”

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New era

With David Moyes under increasing pressure at the London Stadium, it could be the end of not only him but also some of his previous favourites in the next few months.

Coufal had been almost ever-present under the Scotsman over the past two seasons but the big summer of spending has seemingly forced him further down the pecking order.

Couple that with the emergence from the academy of Ben Johnson and chances dwindle for the Czech international and he needs regular game time to keep his place in the national side.

It won’t be seen as a huge loss for West Ham if he does make the move away from Rush Green in January but his absence will be felt around the training ground until a proper replacement is found.

As good as Kehrer is, he prefers to play in the centre of defence so if a top right-back becomes available for the Irons, they have to try and sign him no matter the cost.