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One year after West Ham interest, £14k-a-week star is a title-winning captain

West Ham United hit gold with their bargain last-ditch transfer to sign Vladimir Coufal, but David Moyes had also explored a deal for Rangers captain James Tavernier last year.

The Hammers hit the market on the eve of Deadline Day last October to bring Coufal to the Premier League. He followed Czech Republic teammate Tomes Soucek in joining West Ham from Slavia Prague for £5.5m. A price that now seems stunningly low for the 29-year-old.

Coufal is an ever-present part of the London Stadium natives’ plans with 41 Premier League appearances in claret-and-blue so far. Moyes has only rested the right-back once since his English top-flight debut, while playing 3,685 of a possible 3,690-minutes.

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