Hammers are aware that they have a highly sought-after property in their hands, but they do not intend to part with the Czech midfielder soon
Thomas Soucek’s reports for West Ham and the Czech Republic have seen astonished looks in his direction from Manchester United, but Hammers coach Stuart Pearce says the midfielder in form is “not going anywhere”.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a prominent 2020-21 campaign. In the Premier League, with nine goals scored through 29 appearances for the European team chasing David Moyes.
The first international hat-trick was also networked in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, allowing Soucek shares to continue to grow and more speculation about the transfer to rage around him.
What was said?
Pearce tried to dispel the rumors before they spiraled out of control, saying talkSPORT Souceka: “No, he’s happy here and he’s not going anywhere, that’s for sure.
“He was brilliant here, I must say. Dave introduced him to the club in January last season and he has been simply brilliant ever since.
“He has a wonderful attitude towards work, he comes to work on days off, it is really a great pleasure for him to work.
“As a man, he is of the highest quality. He and [Vladimir] Coufal, two Czech boys, were both brilliant.
“And Thomas can be a handful. England will face the Czech Republic [Euro 2020] group stage and its ability in both boxes is very, very good. “
How much did West Ham spend on Soucek?
Moyes initially signed a loan deal with Prague’s Slavia, but has seen enough through 13 appearances to suggest Soucek is worth holding back.
West Ham have since achieved a permanent job, the significant value of which is now in a transfer worth around £ 19 million ($ 26 million).
Who else generates a transfer talk at West Ham?
Hitting gold with Soucek in January 2020, the Hammers repeated the trick every year by rewarding Jesse Lingard away from Manchester United.
He is another who arrived at London Stadium on the basis of a short-term loan deal, but Moyes is expected to try to push through another deal for the player who was forced back into England’s break in the summer.
Pearce added to the 28-year-old playmaker, who scored five goals and two assists for West Ham: “I’m glad Jesse is back on the England squad.
“When he first joined us at West Ham, I asked him if he had any ambitions for England, he said he did and he assured me that his form is great.
“Jesse is really good, he was great. He is a charming, bright person on the field, he is full of energy.
“And more importantly, it’s time to play, when he gets time to play, he’s a really good player.
“West Ham was good for him and he’s good for West Ham, it’s fair to say.”