West Ham confirms signing of Czech defender Vladimir Coufal

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Slavia Prague defender Vladimir Coufal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £5million ($6.5million).

The right-back has signed a contract with David Moyes’ side until 2023, with the option of a further two years.

“I’m very happy I am part of the West Ham family,” Coufal said. “I will do everything so that West Ham will be successful.

“I know about the interest West Ham had in me for a long time but now finally I am here and I am so happy.”

The 28-year-old moves to the London Stadium with David Moyes trying desperately to strengthen his back four before next week’s October 5 transfer deadline.

Speaking on the move, David Moyes said: “He is a player we have been tracking for some time now and all of our reports have been very impressive.

“He has a lot of attributes and qualities that we believe will enable him to adapt quickly to the demands of the Premier League.

“Vladimir fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the football club – hungry, ambitious and determined.

“He is a proven talent with Champions League and international experience, but we believe his best years are still ahead of him here at West Ham.

“We need to give Vladimir some time to settle in and get used to his new surroundings but having Tomas Soucek here will help him in that sense, and we are confident that he will make a positive impact and prove to be a great addition to the squad.”

Coufal arrives at West Ham with plenty of European experience, having made 48 appearances in the Europa League and Champions League and 8 appearances for his country.

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