Tomas Soucek’s contract situation at West Ham United ‘has become a problem’ for the club, Daily Star journalist Paul Brown has said.
The Lowdown: Soucek’s rejection
According to various reports this summer, the Czech Republic international has rejected the offer of a contract extension from the Hammers, with just two years now remaining on his current deal at the London Stadium.
With Soucek holding a market valuation of £40.5m, David Moyes could be forced into selling the 27-year-old this summer to avoid losing out on his true value further down the line.
According to reports shared by TEAMtalk, Aston Villa and Newcastle have both shown signs of being interested in making a move for the midfielder, so GSB could be keen to let the former Slavia Prague man leave this summer.
The Latest: Brown’s claim
Brown believes that there could be a major problem at West Ham regarding Soucek’s future.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, the journalist claimed: “The question mark is what the future holds for Tomáš Souček.
“I don’t think West Ham have had any serious bids for him yet this window, but his contract situation has become a problem.”
The Verdict: Big loss
When looking at the 27-year-old’s underlying statistics, it is clear to see why the midfielder has become so pivotal in Moyes’ starting XI.
When compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, Soucek ranks in the 99th percentile for clearances, the 98th percentile for aerials won and the 92nd percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area (via FBRef).
Do you think Soucek will leave West Ham this summer?
With such a strong market valuation now, the Irons would surely be reluctant to let the Czech Republic captain leave the club on a free transfer in two years time.
Therefore, if GSB want to maximise their profits on Soucek’s departure, then the Hammers could be forced into selling the player this summer.
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