West Ham have run the rule over Hellas Verona attacking midfielder Antonin Barak several times, according to Italian outlet L’Arena.
The Hammers and other suitors can seal a deal for the Czech Republic international, 27, in January ahead of a transfer next summer, and while the Serie A outfit are not in a rush to sell him amid interests from a number of clubs, auction for his signature starts at £17million.
AC Milan, Inter Milan and Newcastle United are also interested in recruiting Barak, and more clubs could join them and West Ham in the race as Verona concede he could be off at the end of the campaign.
David Moyes needs to bolster his squad for the second-half of 2021-22, and while signing the Serie A ace could help strengthen his attack, it appears that would have to wait till the summer.
Barak has five goals and three assists in 15 league games this season after ending last term with seven goals and three assists.
He could be open to leaving Italy after five seasons, and linking up with his countrymen at the London Stadium could be appealing.
Both Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have proven to be solid additions to the Irons, and the club could be landing another one for an affordable fee.
Should they end up securing Champions League football for next season (2022-23), someone like Barak would be keen on a move.
The Hammers have been one of the surprise packages of the season, and signing the Czech man could come in handy, but they will need to seal an agreement next month given the number of clubs keeping an eye on him.
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