West Ham United ready themselves for Tomas Soucek bid from Champions League club
West Ham are braced for at least one bid for Tomas Soucek in the next month, according to Claret and Hugh.
Dave Langton reports on the reliable Hammers website (29 June) that there is an expectation of an offer arriving for the Czech Republic international before the end of July.
It is understood that an unnamed Champions League club is in pursuit of Soucek, 27, as well as other teams.
Langton said: “There is a question mark hanging over the midfielder’s future as there have been no talks over a new contract since the turn of the year, and we understand that there are none scheduled.
“One source has confirmed to us that there is a feeling that offers will arrive before the end of July, with a number of clubs interested, including an unnamed Champions League side.
“There remains a possibility that any offer tabled will not meet West Ham’s demands but we understand that the fee, if he does leave, is likely to be in the region of £25m to £30m.”
Soucek has been a pivotal member of the West Ham renaissance.
The 27-year-old joined West Ham from Salvia Prague two years ago and has been an undoubted success.
Being deployed in central midfield, often forming a pivot with captain, Declan Rice, he regularly is able to get into box with late runs and get onto the end of crosses or passes and creating scoring opportunities.
In his first season at the London Stadium, he scored an impressive 10 Premier League goals as West Ham qualified for the Europa League and finished sixth.
Last season he only notched five goals for the club but was still a pivotal member of David Moyes squad and was a regular starter, featuring in 89% of West Ham’s league games last season.
He is also a huge set piece threat, standing at six foot three, making the Czech Republic international a menace for opposition defenders when crosses enter box.
Losing the physically imposing midfielder would be a loss for the Hammers however, if they were able to recoup a healthy transfer fee, it would help them strengthen other areas in the squad.