By Joe Ellis

15th Nov, 2022 | 6:12am

West Ham United: Vladimir Coufal in positive exit talks with Bayer Leverkusen

Vladimir Coufal’s time at West Ham United appears to be nearing an end after positive talks with Bayer Leverkusen, according to Marlon Irlbacher.

The 30-year-old has been shuffled out of the reckoning at the London Stadium with Thilo Kehrer taking on his right-back spot this season which has left him frustrated.

As a result, the Czech Republic international is now on the brink of leaving the Irons when the January transfer window opens and it appears that the Bundesliga is his next destination.

“Positive talks with Vladimir Coufal from West Ham United principle, the player can imagine a move to Leverkusen,” Sky Sports Germany reporter Irlbacher said via his personal Twitter account.

Florian Plettenburg, another Sky Sports Germany reporter, reported on 9 November that Leverkusen were willing to sell three of their squad players in order to fund a move for Coufal in January.

Moved on

David Moyes appears to have already moved past the Czech Republic man at the London Stadium with his preference to play Kehrer, a natural centre-half, over him every week.

The boss also has homegrown talent Ben Johnson who can play right-back before Coufal is required and he won’t want to be sat around as the third choice at West Ham.

The Hammers have more important issues to be dealing with at the moment with their poor form leaving them looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone in 16th place.

Getting rid of Coufal may well open up the possibility of a more impactful January signing coming into the club and giving the whole club that lift they need to power away from the drop.

The 30-year-old has been exceptional during his time in the capital but his performances were showing signs of dropping off and now it seems as if his time in the Premier League has come to an end.