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Kretinsky means business

Daniel Kretinsky has not arrived at West Ham just to clear debts!

The Czech billionaire means business after investing in the Hammers, and taking a major stake, buying himself a seat on the board.

I reckon the £150 million investment is just the start.

This is a man who has a genuine love for football, as he has long been invested in Czech club Sparta Prague. They are currently top of the Czech league by three points.

He is not here just to ensure that the balance sheet is correct, he’s here to ensure that the Hammers take the next step as a football club.

The club has made sure to work out exactly how to get Kretinsky involved in board discussions, even if he is required to sign into meetings on Zoom from the Czech Republic.

And he will have absolutely no desire to see the biggest and best players leave the club.

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The likes of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Vlad Coufal, Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen will surely be going nowhere if Kretinsky has his way.

He can invest in the squad, adding a few thousand pounds to contract discussions potentially, and ensuring that any player linked away believes the only place to be is in east London.

He’ll also look to ensure that the money is there for boss David Moyes to address the issues in the squad, rather than allowing more to be discovered.

In January, for example, the Hammers boss is absolutely certain to go shopping, looking for a striker and potentially a central defender after Angelo Ogbonna’s injury.

With Kretinsky involved, the Hammers only need to be looking up!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.