By Andrew Maddox

16th Jul, 2022 | 6:10am

West Ham United face losing Tomas Soucek with midfielder's future still unclear – Dean Jones

West Ham United are facing the prospect of losing Tomas Soucek, with Dean Jones reporting that his future is “up in the air.”

Soucek has impressed at West Ham since arriving at the London Stadium in 2020, making over 100 appearances in claret and blue.

It was expected that he would be offered a new contract at the end of last season, but those talks have gone nowhere, leading Jones to believe his future is very much uncertain.

The Sun reported back in June that Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle were all circling for the Czech’s signature, but Jones backed Steven Gerrard’s side to make a move.

Villa are known to be in the market for a new midfielder after Gerrard told VillaTV that the club are searching for an upgrade this summer.

How likely is a move from Villa?

Although Villa are looking for a midfielder and are seemingly willing to spend big on one this summer, any move for Soucek would likely depend on the future of Douglas Luiz.

The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with a move away in recent weeks, with the Daily Mail reporting on 5 July that Italian champions AC Milan had opened talks for him.

However, those talks have not progressed, and he is currently away on Villa’s pre-season tour of Australia.

This gives David Moyes some breathing room to sort Soucek’s contract out, with Everton also being locked in negotiations with Wolves for Morgan Gibbs-White according to the Liverpool Echo.

However, Villa are known to be ruthlessly efficient in the transfer market after negotiating a deal for and then signing Danny Ings inside 24 hours last summer, so West Ham will have to act quickly.

Soucek is one of their stars and Moyes cannot afford to let him go, so the club need to act while Villa and Everton are distracted.

In other West Ham news, Juventus have joined the chase for Gianluca Scamacca after PSG dropped out.