West Ham United’s two big loan deals depend on three key factors it emerged last night.
Back in January West Ham signed the impressive Tomas Soucek on loan for the rest of the season with the option to buy.
And young star Grady Diangana remained on loan at Championship promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion for the rest of the campaign.
That was despite calls from many Hammers supporters to recall him thanks to his brilliant form for West Brom.
Uncertainty over Soucek future
One of the highlights of West Ham’s torrid season has been the arrival of Soucek.
West Ham paid a £3.5 million loan fee to take the energetic 25-year-old for the rest of the season from Slavia Prague.
On signing Soucek the Hammers revealed they had agreed an option to buy, with the price set at £13.5 million (The Guardian).
Claret and Hugh – which regularly claims to have top level sources inside West Ham, believed to be co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold – said the Hammers WILL permanently sign the Czech Republic ace in the summer if they avoid relegation this season.
But West Ham will not know their fate until July at the earliest, two months after the season was scheduled to end.
That has led to speculation over Soucek’s immediate future at the club. Meanwhile some have suggested Diangana could be free to be recalled too.
Grady and Soucek’s loan deals depend on three crucial factors
But the conditions surrounding existing loan agreements were clarified after a meeting of the Premier League’s 20 clubs on Monday.
Things are far from clear cut, though, with three conditions needing to be met in order to extend deals.
According to Sky Sports, Premier League clubs voted to allow contract extensions for players whose current deals expire on June 30.
And players registered by Premier League clubs who are at the end of loan spells – as Soucek and Diangana will be come the mooted season resumption date – can extend their moves.
But only ‘if all three parties involved are in agreement’.
In Soucek’s case, the player is believed to want to remain at West Ham and Hammers boss David Moyes is certainly keen to keep him.
Slavia hold ace cards over crucial Soucek
But it would need Slavia Prague’s agreement to make it happen. And there appears to be nothing stopping the Czech side from demanding new conditions or more money for West Ham to extend Soucek’s stay.
In Diangana’s case West Brom would undoubtedly want to keep hold of him as they push for promotion to the Premier League.
The player would likely be guided by his parent club’s wishes. But West Ham could, in theory, resist and therefore recall Diangana.
That seems unlikely. But given what is at stake for both West Brom and West Ham, the clubs will want to come to an agreement sooner rather than later.