On January 6th, Gazzetta dello Sport reported West Ham United are ‘closely following’ Antonín Barák. It was also stated that signing the Hellas Verona player in January would cost the Hammers €20m in the winter market.

The attacking midfielder was forced to miss matches last month due to illness and a back problem, however, that didn’t stop reports linking him away from the Serie A side.

Calciomercato now discuss the rumours about a possible transfer to the Premier League this month, and interest from David Moyes’ side are in the Czech Republic international is again pushed forward.

Hellas Verona wanted a €20m fee for a January move, and this led to a suggestion that a deal could be concluded midway through the season.

After a ‘troubled month’ in December, Barák made his first start against Sassuolo at the weekend.

The midfielder starred for his side by scoring a hat-trick and registering an assist as Hellas Verona sealed a 4-2 win over Sassuolo. He has eight goals and four assists in 18 matches this season.

After the tie, Barák said he is focused on the what is happening on the pitch rather than the reports linking him elsewhere.

After the hat-trick, Calciomercato suggest the player’s stay at Hellas Verona seems to be confirmed until the end of the season. This would also mean Barák’s €20m move to West Ham is unlikely to take shape in January.