Soucek may be joined by former Slavia team-mate


West Ham are this morning being reported as tracking Tomas Soucek’s former Slavia Prague team mate, right back   Vladimir Coufal.

According to the Independent David Moyes is keen on the player who allegedly carries a £2-£4 million price tag and although that may seem too cheap let’s remember that Soucek came in at a very low £18 million for such a top player.

Coufal has had a couple of seasons at Slavia Prague and has thus won two successive league titles and is now consolidating his place in the international side as a result.

Moyes will clearly have received recommendations from Soucek on Couval sahead of making a possible move and  at the price it seems reasonable that could happen.

The Hammers now have a good relationship with the Czech league club as a result of the Soucek deal and that would ease negotiations despite there apparently also being interest from Southampton and Brighton.

Couval, 27, however, would have to be keen on joining his former team mate at the London Stadium where he could advance his international career by joining a Premier League club alongside a player who knows his game well.

CandH has already reported that Moyes is ready to clear out some defensive options with Ryan Fredericks very much on a potential exit list along with the club’s third longest serving player Aaron Cresswell.

Fabian Balbuena will also be on his way with the manager keen to bring in another top central defender as he concentrates on his regular agenda of getting it right at the back first.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Quite excited about this one if it comes through, Czech players are usually technical, intelligent and adapt well to the UK. Hopefully not just opportunist journalism.

  • Good Ole Daze says:

    If he is a half as good as Soucek, then that’ll do for me. Not all Czech players are technical as those who remember Tomas Repka will recall …

  • CzechPeter says:

    I believe I can shed some light on this news. The highest priority for Slavia Prague is to qualify for Champions League, this goal is above everything else. So they are willing to sell Coufal and Masopust, which is the second player West Ham is interested in, only if they will get through the qualifying stages.

    Nevertheless, the offer of £4 mil was already made, according to what I’ve read in Czech newspapers, but the Director of Football or whatever they call this dude who is in charge of sales, he says this offer is laughable. There is no mentioning about the price they are looking for.

    Next part is for you Mr Southon,
    ask yourself where does Slavia Prague getting these players from ?
    It is FC Slovan Liberec:

    Why don’t we cut off the middle man (Slavia Prague) and try to scout and buy players from the source instead (Slovan Liberec) ? Or even better, contact Liberec and make them West Ham’s feeder club.

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