Stech It Up 'Em, Marek!
West Ham goalkeeper Marek Stech will make a trial appearance for Burnley's second-string this afternoon against Oldham at the Latics training ground (Kick-Off: 2pm). The 21 year old is expected to start.
Eddie Howe knows all about Stech having previously signed him in an emergency loan deal during his time at Bournemouth in 2009.
Stech joined West Ham back in 2006 at the age of just 16 but the Hammers are now preparing to let the Czech 6'3 stopper depart Upton Park after he refused to sign a new contract due to his desire for first team football. He is currently their fourth choice keeper behind Rob Green, Peter Kurucz and Ruud Boffin. Stech last played for them back in October of last year in the Hammers 3-1 Carling Cup win over Stoke.
He has also been thwarted too because of an agreement with his former club, Sparta Prague in which additional appearances for West Ham are now subject to extra payments to his former club. West Ham have been unwilling to pay a further instalment due to the player's refusal to agree a new contract leaving the player in limbo somewhat! The keeper has also recently had a trial at Ipswich
Should the trial at Burnley be successful and we sign him, Stech will become the third West Ham player we will have brought to Turf Moor this summer, following the signings of Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas.