According to a report from the Guardian, West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek, with the east London outfit allegedly closing in on the Czech ace.
Central midfield is an area where the Hammers really need to strengthen this month.
They need more mobility, aggression, athleticism and tenacity.
And the Guardian claims that West Ham are close to addressing that issue. The British broadsheet suggest that the Hammers are ready to raise their initial £12.7 million bid for Soucek to something closer to Slavia Prague’s £17 million valuation.
So what will the 24-year-old bring to West Ham?
For a start, the 25-capped Czech Republic international stands at 6ft 4in tall, so he would certainly add a much needed imposing figure to the Hammers’ engine room.
Soucek is a defensive midfielder by trade, but he has racked up really impressive attacking numbers for Slavia Prague this season, with 12 goals in 26 outings thus far (Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old has also impressed on the biggest stage of them all – the Champions League.
The Slavia Prague ace chalked up two goals in six European outings this season. He also recorded an average of 2.5 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 2.8 clearances in those games (Who Scored).
Soucek is a very fine passer of the footballer too, with a pass completion rate of 82.6 % in six Champions League outings for his club (Who Scored).
In this day and age, £17 million for someone with the Czech ace’s quality could end up being a real bargain. And West Ham absolutely must just get it done. It could turn out to be the signing that makes the difference between relegation and survival for them this season.