Journalist suggests Conte will want PL midfielder if he fails to sign new contract

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Journalist Pete O’Rourke has backed Tottenham Hotspur to make a move for Tomas Soucek if the midfielder does not sign a new contract with West Ham United.

Soucek has been a revelation since arriving at West Ham from Slavia Prague back in 2020 and has formed a formidable partnership with Declan Rice in the middle of the park for the Hammers.

It was previously reported that Antonio Conte wants to sign two new midfielders this summer (Telegraph), with Alasdair Gold revealing that Soucek is one of the names on the club’s radar (Football.London).

The 27-year-old’s current contract at the London Stadium has two years left to run and, according to The Daily Express, Spurs and Juventus could look to swoop for the midfielder if David Moyes’ side are unsuccessful in getting the player to commit to a new contract.

The Express further added that the Czech Republic international would be valued at £40m this summer.

O’Rourke is in no doubt that Soucek would be of interest to Spurs and many other clubs in the Premier League if he became available.

The journalist told GiveMeSport about the West Ham star: “If he was to become available, I’m sure he’s somebody that Conte will be looking at because he’s got that extra bonus of not needing time to adapt to the Premier League. He can come straight into that team.

“I’m sure a number of Premier League clubs would probably show an interest in Tomas Soucek if those contract talks with West Ham sort of collapse and it looks like he might have to be moved on.”

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I think Soucek is a little overrated and has technical shortcomings that would be exposed if he is playing for a more possession-based side than West Ham.

However, having said that, the roles of central midfielders in Conte’s system are quite uncomplicated and the 27-year-old certainly has the physical and tactical attributes to fit into the Italian’s system.

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  1. Due to the rivalry between both clubs and the animosity held by Levy and West Ham over the lost of the London Stadium no deals will ever be arranged between the two clubs the only way Soucek comes to Spurs is as a free agent but his sense of loyalty to West Ham will prevent that


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