West Ham United have reportedly enquired about Rangers star Glen Kamara amid links to Czech Republic international midfielder Alex Kral.
According to Give Me Sport, the Hammers are interested in Glen following his showings at Euro 2020 and “could be targeted” ahead of the Spartak Moscow midfielder.
This is the latest in a long line of exit links attached to Kamara over the last 12 months but for us, this one is particularly suspect for the saddest of reasons.
Everyone knows about the Czech contingent at the London Stadium with ex-Slavia Prague stars Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal important members of David Moyes’ side.
Both players retain close links to the Prague side with a former teammate involved in a disgraceful incidence of racist abuse at Ibrox as part of a Europa League Last 16 clash in March.
Glen Kamara was racially abused by Czech defender Ondrej Kudela who was handed a 10-match ban and subsequently missed the summer’s European Championships as a result.
Kamara, 25, was also banned for three games for his reaction to the incident amid allegations of assault from the Slavia camp.
What this has to do with West Ham concerns comments made by Tomas Soucek ahead of Euro 2020 in defence of friend Ondrej Kudela.
“Of course, everyone was asking me how it went, what words were uttered,” said Soucek [iDNES].
“I fight for Ondra [Kudela] all the time. I believe that he did not tell him anything racist, there was no evidence, but a lot of people on the islands [The UK] condemned him and he received a severe sentence from the disciplinary committee for ten matches.
“I find it absurd. I know him so well and I can’t imagine him saying anything racist. I also tried to convince the boys in the locker room about that.”
These comments drew a sizable amount of criticism – even from West Ham fans – and we don’t think is exactly an atmosphere befitting our talented midfielder. He can do better.
Whilst West Ham might be an unrealistic destination for Glen, one ex-Steven Gerrard manager has been heavily linked to the player this summer.