West Ham will sign midfielder Tomas Soucek on a permanent basis if the Hammers’ top-flight status is confirmed, according to ExWHUEmployee.
The club insider believes the Czech international’s loan deal has a purchase clause which means they will sign him if and when they avoid relegation:
I think so mate yes https://t.co/sHKEi0pqKD
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) April 17, 2020
Supporters on Twitter are happy Soucek could be staying, but they have questioned where the money will come from:
Cool that’s great news 👍 great pod this week been listening this morning at work
— daniel gullefer (@DGullefer) April 17, 2020
Have to sign him. Box to box, fit, technically sound, good in the air, young, a leader!
— IronHammer (@1986stevem) April 17, 2020
How? … with what ? We are £80m short so they say!
— Steve Davis (@RUsureIsaidthat) April 17, 2020
I hope he stays. Has a good history but hasn’t gelled with the team yet in matches. I’d like to see him when he settles.
— John Wills-1 of the unnoticed 49m U.K. population (@willsie01) April 17, 2020
They say 80m short as they want to hold a firesale.
— Farehamhammer (@FarehamHammer) April 17, 2020
Reports have suggested the fee would be between £13m and £17m, which in the current financial climate will be a hefty outlay for the Irons.
West Ham’s players have already agreed to a wage deferral, and the club does have substantial debts which may need to be paid through the sale of key stars.
Soucek’s transfer will apparently not be affected by that, though, as the Hammers are contractually obligated to buy. Considering his good form following his arrival from Slavia Prague, though, fans won’t be complaining.