West Ham interested in £6.5m-rated David Zima - The Athletic
West Ham United are keen on signing the highly-rated Czech Republic defender David Zima from Slavia Prague this summer.
According to The Athletic, Zima is one of the 60 players that will be eyed by club scouts over the course of the European Championships in June and July.
It is understood that Zima is valued at £6.5 million by Slavia and while West Ham have been linked with the centre-back, intermediary Pavel Paska says he’s been watched by two other Premier League clubs.
The Athletic adds that Zima would be keen on a move to the Premier League but he’d want to be guaranteed game-time in England’s top-flight.
Worth a punt
Zima, who stands at 6ft 3in, will be a vital addition to a David Moyes side as the Scot likes his defenders to be physical and strong in the air.
At £6.5 million, we wouldn’t be taking a major risk on someone unproven as he’s available on the cheaper and side and given his age, will have a high resale value should he develop into a quality Premier League centre-back.
His height is undoubtedly what helps him stand out from other defenders in the league, but those around Zima have talked a lot about his composure which has been the driving force in seeing him become one of Czech’s brightest prospects.
This season alone he’s kept 19 clean sheets in 34 games, and would undoubtedly be a welcome addition at the London Stadium.
One thing that could hamper him from joining us, is the guarantee of playing time. Someone at his age wants to and needs to play every single week and Moyes may not be willing to entrust a 20-year-old with no Premier League experience with that kind of responsibility.
However, if the club are serious about pursuing him, Moyes could give him certain assurances of cup games and also a minimum number of Premier League appearances to convince him to join.
He’s certainly a fine prospect for the future, and we should not pass up on the opportunity to sign him on the cheap.
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