David Moyes could land West Ham United’s star defender of the next decade with a move to sign Stoke City centre-back Harry Souttar this summer.
According to the Express, the Irons are in a three-way Premier League fight to obtain the services of Australia international Souttar.
The Potters enforcer is highly-rated by talent spotters after an impressive season in the Championship, which has seen the 22-year-old nail down a regular role under head coach Michael O’Neill.
His efforts at the bet365 Stadium are understood to have West Ham, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers on alert, with all three having watched Souttar regularly in recent months.
Stoke are expected to demand a high fee for the 6 ft 6 titan, as Souttar is considered to be one of the Potters’ prize assets and has been tipped for big things in Staffordshire.
The Potters moved to secure Souttar’s long-term future last month with a new contract that keeps the Socceroos star at the club until 2025, with him about to enter the final 12-months of his previous terms.
Promotion into the Premier League may also impact Souttar’s time at the bet365 Stadium, with O’Neill’s men 10 points outside of the Play-Off positions with eight games to play.
Stoke demanding a high asking price for Souttar in the summer could be enough to ward off any Premier League interest, having tied the promising 22-year-old down to a long-term deal only last month.
But a strong end-of-season run from the two-cap Australia international may be enough to tempt an interested party into making a move, with his age and performances to date already proving to be enticing.
O’Neill believes his performances warranted the new four-and-a-half-year deal signed in February, as he firmly sees Souttar being a key part of Stoke’s future.
“We felt he deserved to be rewarded for his performances and we were able to extend his contract on that basis,” he said, via quotes by Stoke on Trent Live. “I do think he’s done extremely well. I also think there’s a lot more to come as well. He now has to push for that.
“Harry has all the attributes to go to the top level of the game and our responsibility as coaches and managers is to help him do that. If we do that, it’s going to, in turn, help us as a club. Certainly, we see him as an important player in the future of Stoke City.”
Souttar can also pose a threat at the other end of the pitch, with the Aberdeen-born colossus boasting one goal and three assists in the Championship this season. He has also scored four times over his two appearances for the Socceroos.
If West Ham are able to present Stoke with an offer simply too good to refuse, then, Moyes could have the Irons’ star defender for the next 10-years on his hands and see that he develops into a Premier League powerhouse rather than a Championship star.
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