By Pranav Shahaney

2nd May, 2023 | 5:39pm

West Ham United to consider exercising extension option in Tomas Soucek contract

West Ham are reportedly considering to go ahead and exercise the option to extend Tomas Soucek’s contract by another year.

According to Claret and Hugh [2 May], while the midfielder, who Declan Rice has called “Unbelievable”, is only 28, there is a chance of him leaving in the summer.

Thus, to protect his valuation in the market ahead of a potential sale, they are expected to use this unilateral option available to them.

Makes sense

Recently the Czech Republic midfielder has been pretty good in midfield but his performances have been very inconsistent.

He put in a Man of the Match display against Crystal Palace recently and that certainly was akin to performances he put in during his prime.

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He has five or six bad games per every good game and with no Declan Rice next season, it’s going to be an even tougher role.

Giving him an extension will ensure that clubs won’t be able to sign him on the cheap and that certainly is beneficial for West Ham.

They’re already expected to rake in plenty of funds through the sale of Declan Rice and whether David Moyes or whoever the manager is next season, wants Soucek, remains to be seen.

If they can sell Soucek as well and bring in a big-name midfielder to play alongside Lucas Paqueta it might be the ideal way forward.