West Ham United boss David Moyes has delivered his verdict on what looks set to be the club’s second signing of the January window.
West Ham signed backup goalkeeper Darren Randolph earlier this month.
But Moyes’s squad is sorely lacking in key areas, most notably right-back, midfield and in attack.
West Ham on verge of Soucek transfer
West Ham look set to ease one of those problems with the expected signing of Czech Republic central midfielder Tomas Soucek (Sky Sports).
Moyes confirmed the player was in the throes of his West Ham medical as he spoke to the press during his pre-Liverpool news conference on Tuesday.
And he delivered an exciting verdict on what Hammers fans can expect from Czech player of the year Soucek (whufc.com).
“I think that he gives us a lot of different aspects, but more importantly he fits the profile of the player we want to bring to West Ham,” Moyes told the press (whufc.com).
Moyes delivers exciting verdict on midfield star
“I said we wanted to bring in young players, but also experienced players who could help us out. He’s captain of Slavia Prague.
“He’s played as a defensive midfielder but he’s scored a lot of goals as an attacking midfielder as well. At the moment he ticks a lot of boxes. We need to give him an opportunity and time to settle in.”
If the medical goes according to plan West Ham may look to announce the signing ahead of tonight’s big game against champions-elect Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Soucek fresh and raring to go or off the pace?
It is not clear whether Soucek will be ready to play in the relegation six-pointer against Brighton on Saturday.
The midfielder has not played a competitive game for Slavia since their 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on December 10th.
Soucek scored Slavia’s goal in that game. He then missed the club’s last game of the Czech season a week later as they celebrated winning the league.
Slavia have had a couple of friendly matches since to keep players’ fitness levels up.
Whether he will be fresh and raring to go after a good rest or off the pace time will tell.
But as Moyes says West Ham need to get him up to speed to help their battle for survival.