West Ham United star Tomas Soucek will ‘have a decision to make’ if a Champions League club looks to tempt him away from the London Stadium in the summer, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.
Soucek featured in European football’s elite club competition during his time on the books of Slavia Prague, but that has not been possible since heading to east London.
What’s the latest news involving Soucek?
According to 90min, Soucek’s long-term West Ham future is in doubt after fresh contract talks were put on hold by David Moyes.
The report suggests the Hammers boss informed the hierarchy that he does not believe the 48-cap Czech Republic international warrants a new deal, leading to Soucek feeling undermined and two Premier League clubs considering a summer move.
It comes after it emerged discussions with the central midfielder had been shelved until the end of the season earlier this month.
West Ham first opened talks over a new contract at Rush Green during the final stages of the January transfer window, with Soucek catching the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs since making his loan switch from Slavia Prague permanent for £17.4million close to two years ago.
The 27-year-old’s current agreement, worth £47,000-per-week, is due to expire in the summer of 2024.
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What has Paul Brown said about Soucek?
Brown believes Soucek remains committed to West Ham and is not interested in seeking a move away from east London.
However, the journalist feels the midfielder, who is known to be ‘incredibly popular’ in the dressing room, could have his loyalty to the Hammers tested if one of Europe’s biggest hitters lodge a bid in the summer.
Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “Soucek is definitely happy at the club. He likes the players and the manager. He has enjoyed his time there.
“If a bigger team in the Champions League were to come in for him, he would have a decision to make.”
Would Soucek’s departure be a blow for West Ham?
Soucek is in line to make his 100th appearance in West Ham colours when Moyes’ charges make the short trip to Chelsea tomorrow.
That underlines the fact that he has become a key member of the Hammers’ squad since his arrival and although Moyes currently has four central midfield options, that number will be halved at the end of the campaign.
Captain Mark Noble is set to retire following a distinguished career with his boyhood club, while Alex Kral’s loan from Spartak Moscow will come to an end and Moyes is unlikely to take advantage of the permanent option in the deal, so seeing the £40.5million-rated Soucek depart would be a huge blow.