West Ham United have reportedly move ahead of Newcastle United in the race to sign Hellas Verona midfielder Antonin Barak.
The 27-year-old Czech Republic international has been a standout performer for the Italian outfit so far this season, scoring five goals and registering three assists in 15 Serie A appearances.
The report adds that European football would play a 'key role' in the midfielder's decision, should he decide to leave Verona in one of the upcoming transfer windows.
Barak only signed a two-year deal to join Verona permanently in July, following a successful loan spell from Udinese, but his performances this campaign are believed to have caught the eye of Premier League clubs as well as Serie A giants AC Milan and Inter Milan.
The midfielder is valued by Verona at around €20m (£17.1m), however the Gialloblu would prefer to wait until the end of the season before considering a potential sale.