An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Tomas Soucek in the summer transfer window…
According to The Sun, the Magpies are one of the teams keen on a deal to sign the Czech Republic international ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Aston Villa and Everton are also said to be eyeing him up as West Ham struggle to agree to terms on a contract extension this summer.
The report claims that he could be available for a fee in the region of £30m, with PIF now plotting a swoop for the 27-year-old.
Eddie Howe sanctioned Isaac Hayden’s loan exit to Championship side Norwich earlier this month and they now have the chance to bring in the perfect replacement.
In Soucek, Newcastle can land a big upgrade on the Englishman by bringing in a proven Premier League enforcer who can excel in the middle of the park.
Hayden averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.60 in 14 top-flight appearances last term. He made 3.0 tackles and interceptions per game and scored one goal, whilst only creating one chance for his teammates.
Soucek, meanwhile, enjoyed a superb campaign with the Hammers as he averaged a score of 6.97. The gem was once dubbed a “superb” player by Kevin Phillips and journalist Deji Faremi called him a “monster“, which shows that he has caught the eye of pundits and reporters alike.
This shows that he has the athleticism and strength to consistently put pressure on the opposition to win the ball back for his team.
Alongside his impressive defensive qualities, Soucek has shown that he can also offer a threat at the top end of the pitch. In 2021/22, the midfielder scored five goals and created one – after scoring 10 and assisting one in 2020/21 – as he proved that he can excel from box to box.
The West Ham star, therefore, would be a big upgrade on Hayden as he has been able to perform to a higher standard in the Premier League; in his general play, his defending, and his attacking.
Howe would love to have the battler as an option in midfield alongside the likes of Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes next season and he will surely be pushing PIF to get this deal over the line in the coming weeks.