By Adefunmiloye Alani

8th Oct, 2021 | 7:15pm

Andy Goldstein: Newcastle United could go after Soucek

Newcastle now have the richest owners in the world, and Andy Goldstein reckons they could come after West Ham ace Tomas Soucek.

The Magpies have been taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and tipped to go on a spending spree in subsequent transfer windows.

Newcastle could look to raid the Hammers midfield, and Goldstein believes Soucek could be targeted ahead of Declan Rice after proving his Premier League quality.

The talkSPORT host said (as shared on their official Twitter account): “I’ve written a list of players I think they could go for. Soucek, because I can’t see Declan Rice leaving West Ham.”

His co-host Darren Bent replied: “But why can’t you if they slap £100million down the table?”

Goldstein: “I just think he wants to stay in London.

Bent: “Not because he wants to stay at West Ham?”

Goldstein: “He wants to play Champions League football.”

Should West Ham be scared?

Most Hammers supporters wish they are in the position of their Newcastle counterparts right now.

The St. James Park can spend £190million in January alone if they want to [The Telegraph], and they could become a force to reckon with in three to four seasons.

The Saudis want to be challenging for the Premier League and Champions League, and they are ready to recruit some of the best players around.

Could Soucek be tempted to leave East London?

Unlike Rice, the Czech Republic does not have a deep connection with the club, and if the latest moneybags in town come calling, he could be off.

David Moyes is overseeing an exciting project at the London Stadium, but there is not a lot of cash to splash.

Newcastle no longer have money worries and can easily double whatever any West Ham player currently earns.

They could start winning major silverware very soon if they assemble the right team, and the Irons should be worried.

Their (next) manager will decide who he wants, and if Soucek makes it to his list, it could be tough for the Hammers to hold on to him.

In other West Ham news, David Gold has sent a Twitter message as Hammers confirm behind-the-scenes development.

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