Report: Hammers eye Soucek upgrade


Reports from Italy indicate that West Ham are exploring the prospect of an audacious move for Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli as David Moyes seeks an upgrade for Tomas Soucek.

Soucek, who has made 167 appearances under Moyes, contributing 26 goals and nine assists, started the season strongly for but has had a dip in his performance against Aston Villa and Olympiacos.

According to Tutto Juve, West Ham’s scouts have witnessed Locatelli’s impressive displays this season and are showing interest in signing him. It’s worth mentioning that the same publication (Tutto) still reports that Soucek has less than a year left on his contract, which raises questions about the accuracy of their reporting.

A Soucek upgrade is highly unlikely despite reports from Italy

Locatelli joined Juventus from Sassuolo in 2021 on a two-year loan with an option to buy, which was exercised for €30 million (approximately £26.1 million) in July of this year.

The 25-year-old is undoubtedly one of Juventus’ standout players, amassing 101 appearances for the Serie A side, with four goals and eight assists to his name. His outstanding form has earned him a regular spot in the Italy national team.

However, it’s essential to note that Locatelli’s agent recently expressed the midfielder’s contentment in Turin, stating, “The possibility of leaving [during the summer window] was never concrete. Manuel has always wanted to stay at Juventus and has never considered other destinations.” The agent also discussed the possibility of Locatelli signing a contract extension with Juventus, as his current deal is set to expire in June 2026.

Nothing to see here in my opinion.

Share this article

Hammers Chat video blogger @Gonzobignose