Tomas Soucek is now set to sign a new, long-term contract with West Ham United after Hammers co-owner Daniel Kretinsky stepped in to get the Irons to agree terms.
This is according to TEAM talk, which reports that West Ham and Soucek have agreed terms of the contract. The 28-year-old has now accepted the London Stadium outfit’s offer of a four-year contract. This will keep the Czech Republic internationally in East London until June 2027.
Soucek had entered the final year of his existing term, which he agreed upon joining the Hammers in July 2020. The Irons paid Slavia Prague £19m to keep the midfielder after his extremely successful loan spell. The Hammers also secured an option to extend his contract until 2024.
West Ham agree a new contract with Tomas Soucek
But instead of extending the national player’s 61 international matches £67.5ka per week West Ham have agreed to give Soucek a new contract. Following Kretinsky’s intervention, an announcement from the London Stadium players on his new terms is expected in the coming days.
Kretinsky stepped in to ensure West Ham gave Soucek a new contract to avoid the risk of his compatriot leaving. The Irons’ co-owner felt the midfielder deserved a reward for his importance to David Moyes. He also wanted to ward off the threat of potential interest.
Daniel Kretinsky intervened to keep Tomas Soucek
Soucek has made 158 appearances in all competitions since his first loan deal with West Ham in January 2020. He has also scored 22 goals and nine assists while starting 144 times. And Kretinsky expects Soucek to remain a crucial figure in West Ham’s future plans.
West Ham would value Soucek at £50m in the current market had he not agreed a new contract. But news of his new contract should please Moyes, who was without the Czech star against Luton Town. Soucek was recovering from the head injury he sustained at Brighton.
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