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West Ham could ditch Tomas Soucek for Gerson

West Ham United continue to be linked with Brazilian midfielder Gerson.

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As per French publication Jeunes Footeux, the Hammers’ interest remains, with a view to signing him in January.

Marseille are demanding a fee of €20m (£17m) for his services, although, with reported frustrations between the player and the club, David Moyes might hold out for a cheaper price.

That will depend on the level of interest Sevilla hold in the maestro, as they could spur the Irons into action. With Flamengo unable to afford his services, it seems like it is all set for a two-horse race for Gerson this winter.

Moyes could finally ditch Soucek

This move could be the catalyst for Moyes to finally ditch Tomas Soucek, who has arguably been underperforming for over a year now.

The Czech Republic international has been a mainstay beside Declan Rice ever since his 2020 signing, with his debut season seeing him boast a ten-goal haul.

However, since then he has offered little offensively and left his captain to shoulder the defensive burden.

In Gerson, Moyes could offer an added incentive for Soucek to perform, as the £67k-per-week midfielder ranks in the top 1% for non-penalty goals, and the top 7% for total shots, via FBref.

Any worries about his transition over to English football can be somewhat quashed by his display against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League, where he more than held his own against the talents of Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

In just 50 minutes, the Brazilian boasted a 93% pass accuracy and won two of his three duels.

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However, he was somewhat stifled creatively given the defensive tactics employed by his side. Over his career, he has scored 26 times alongside providing 30 assists, and given that he is just 25 years old, there is still a bright future for him.

Should he make the switch to the London Stadium, he could transform his career as he takes a huge step up from Ligue 1.

There is a space there for the taking alongside Rice, and he will feel confident that with his talents he could claim it.