Rather then capitulate under the rumoured fire-sale suppose to have taken place at Upton Park this winter, West Ham look to have secured the services of the Spartak Moscow’s Radoslav Kovac on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent Â£3 million move in the summer.
29-year-old Kovac, who has represented the Czech Republic 25 times to-date, is usually deployed as a holding midfielder, although he is also comfortable playing all across the defence, particular at centre-half.
Drawing comparisons to former Hammer Tomas Repka, Kovac appears to be another tough-tackling Czech, fully equipped with fantastic aerial ability, a strong physic, and pace. While he may lack some finesse, Kovac is a no-nonsense footballer who gives as good as he gets.
Not always however has Kovac directed his attention in the right places. Famously, earlier this year Kovac went about removing a shirtless pitch-invader during Spartak’s match with Lokomotiv Moscow, taking out the intruder with a dirty tackle from behind that earned him a yellow card. (Watch here.)
But this was an exception from the professional norm of Kovac, and the player has spoken excitedly about joining the Hammers.
Kovac: “The last decision was for me to choose West Ham over Celtic, but my decision was because of the Premier League. West Ham’s manager and executives want me. West Ham love Czechs, they already have Jan Lastuvka and Marek Stech in their squad. This year I will be 30 and I only have a few years left before I become known as a veteran, so I want to realise my dream of playing in one of the main championships.”
With Hayden Mullins having joined Portsmouth and Callum Davenport seemingly on his way out of Upton Park, Kovac could cover both players and with his impressive heading ability could make a real impact in the Premier League.
Video evidence of Radoslav Kovac can be seen here.