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Insider claims Rice, Bowen and Soucek staying and 'big bids for new signings' pending with Kretinsky to show summer ambition
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Insider claims Rice, Bowen and Soucek staying and 'big bids for new signings' pending with Kretinsky to show summer ambition

West Ham trio Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek are all likely to remain at the London Stadium after the summer transfer window.

That’s according to club insiders Claret ands Hugh who claims that ambitious plans are afoot in East London ahead of the summer window opening.

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West Ham manager David Moyes has grand plans to take the club forward but this summer’s window will be a vitally important one for him, if he is to continue the progress that he started.

We are set to lose a lot of players at the end of the season. The likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko are out of contract whilst Mark Noble will be retiring.

Meanwhile, Alex Kral and Alphonse Areola’s loan spells will end. Moyes is likely to keep the latter but move on the former.

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Then there are players like Arthur Masuaku and Issa Diop. Both have been pretty awful over the past 18 months or so and it would be no surprise to see David Moyes move them on in the summer.

West Ham could potentially lose up to eight players before the start of next season. Considering how small our squad is already, that is a real concern.

And what about Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek? All three have been linked with moves away from the Hammers.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked with summer moves for Rice (The Telegraph) whilst Liverpool are allegedly chasing Bowen (Liverpool Echo).

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have been linked with a move to sign Soucek (TEAMtalk).

Losing those three players as well as the eight mentioned above would mean that Moyes needs to make around 11 new signings in the summer. Keeping the trio will be absolutely vital to West Ham’s hopes of making real progress over the next few years. And it seems as though there’s good news for the Hammers fans to digest…

Rice, Bowen and Soucek staying put and reinforcements on the way in the summer

Claret ands Hugh reckon that West Ham co-owner Daniel Kretinsky is ready to show the colour of his money this summer.

When they Czech businessman joined the board as a 27 per cent shareholder towards the end of last year, the club conducted a serious debt clearing operation.

And a result of that was our failure to sign anyone in January. It’s onwards and upwards from here on out though.

C&H claims that West Ham have no intention whatsoever of selling Rice, Bowen or Soucek. On top of that, it is suggested that ‘big bids for reinforcements’ are expected in the summer transfer window.

That really is great to read. Let’s just hope that it is in fact true.

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In an ideal world, West Ham need to sign two strikers, one centre-back, a left-back, two central midfielders and a winger or attacking midfielder in the summer transfer window.

Moyes needs to bring in six new faces at the bare minimum, with so many set to depart the London Stadium.

Keeping Rice, Bowen and Soucek would be a big boost for everyone. And hopefully Moyes keeping his powder dry in January yields dividends in the summer.

The jury is still very much out on Daniel Kretinsky and his intentions for the club. A lot of questions will be answered in the summer though. There really will be nowhere to hide for the Czech if sufficient investment isn’t made into the playing squad.

However, according to Claret and Hugh, everything is looking very good, as things stand. Keeping Rice, Bowen and Soucek at the London Stadium would be a statement of intent in itself.

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