Alex Bruce has suggested that West Ham will trigger Thomas Soucek’s purchase clause after his impressive performance against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 25-year-old defensive midfielder can be a “valuable asset” for the Irons if he continues to perform like he did against the Blues.

The Slavia Prague loanee thrust himself into the spotlight at the London Stadium having scored the Irons’ opener after seeing a previous effort controversially ruled out.

The Hammers confirmed they have the option to purchase Soucek after his loan spell at the club, with the Evening Standard reporting it could cost around a total of £17million to buy him outright.

Bruce believes that Soucek proved his worth against Chelsea and claims he would be a worthwhile signing for David Moyes.

Asked if he thought West Ham would look to trigger the clause, Bruce told Football Insider: “Yeah, I don’t see why not. I was really impressed with him, a big, strong, powerful presence in the middle.

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“He’s a good age, good player to have. If he keeps performing like he did against Chelsea then he could be a valuable asset for West Ham. We’ll just have to watch this space but he could be good for them moving forward.”

Soucek, who has 25 caps for the Czech Republic under his belt, has played seven times for the Irons so far, with his header against Chelsea his first goal for the club.

He was prolific for Slavia Prague during the first half of the season, with 12 goals – including two in the Champions League – to his name.

In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has demanded a big change after what he saw in the Hammers’ win over Chelsea.

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