Newcastle now want West Ham star Tomas Soucek but his apparent valuation is laughable as David Moyes risks making a big mistake.
The rumours surrounding the future of West Ham star Soucek simply are not going away.
And as West Ham fans know only too well when it comes to their club and transfers right now, Newcastle are always lurking in the background.
West Ham insiders speaking to Claret and Hugh have persistently claimed that Soucek has had a falling out with David Moyes and the Hammers are willing to sell.
That reportedly now has Newcastle sniffing around the Czech Republic captain.
Last month Football Insider also claimed West Ham were willing to sell Soucek after a falling out with Hammers boss Moyes.
Sky Sports denied such claims and insisted West Ham are not looking to sell the midfielder this summer.
That has not stopped the murmurings in and around West Ham, though.
Over the weekend Claret and Hugh once again claimed their sources are insisting Moyes will not hand Soucek a new deal.
Newcastle now want West Ham star Soucek but his apparent valuation is laughable as Moyes risks making a big mistake.
The Magpies have been true to their nickname this summer it seems, trying to snatch shiny transfer targets from under West Ham’s noses.
Newcastle reportedly made an 11th hour bid to hijack West Ham’s £30m West Ham deal with Rennes for Nayef Aguerd.
West Ham were already busy trying to fight off Newcastle in order to get on loan goalkeeper Alphonse Areola signed up to a permanent deal.
Hugo Ekitike, Sven Botman, Nick Pope, Jesse Lingard, Diego Carlos, Emmanuel Dennis, Ismaila Sarr and James Ward-Prowse are just some of the other names Newcastle have suddenly shown interest once word got it West Ham might be after them.
With newly-minted Newcastle’s vast riches, they are sure to be rivalling West Ham in their push for the top six.
Soucek on his day is one of the most influential midfielders around.
Indeed he is one of – if not the – central figures of Moyes’s rebuild at West Ham around hardworking, honest players who give their all for the Hammers.
With so many players leaving and at least seven new signings needed in a big rebuild this summer, having to potentially replace Soucek could make for a difficult and disappointing window for Moyes and West Ham.
Considerably strengthening a direct rival in the process by allowing Soucek to leave for Newcastle would be madness.
And Soucek’s apparent valuation from West Ham is completely laughable with Claret and Hugh stating the club would “hope” to fetch £40m but may accept £20m!
“The Hammers would be hoping for a fee of around £40 million for the defensive midfielder but we are told that so far this has proved too high for clubs interested in making an offer,” a West Ham insider told Claret and Hugh.
“However the Hammers could expect to get back the £20 million they paid for the 27 year old and make a small profit.
“But our source close to Soucek told us: ‘I’d say the only way he will be staying at the London Stadium is if terms can’t be agreed with another club!’”
That valuation is an absolute joke. And even Chronicle Live’s reported figure of £30m is nonsensical.
Soucek is a good defensive midfielder. But his natural game is to be a box-to-box man. He picks up the ball, feeds it wide or forward and then continues his runs – often perfectly timed – to get up and support the attacks.
Soucek was West Ham’s Hammer of the Year in his first full season for a reason. He was the team’s most important and influential player. As a fan if you couldn’t see that for yourself the stats were there to prove it.
He set a new top flight record for aerial duels won, a new top flight record for distance covered.
Soucek stopped goodness knows how many goals with defensive headers and blocks, scored 10 Premier League goals and laid on one assist.
Soucek was also in the top 10 Premier League players statistically that season. Only Dimitri Payet, Scott Parker and Paolo Di Canio have managed that in West Ham’s Premier League history.
Yes he fell below those standards last season.
Selling one of the best signings we’ve made for decades for a paltry £20-40m – to a rival no less – would be a major mistake.