By Paul Robinson

31st Jan, 2020 | 10:14pm

Exclusive: Robinson claims Moyes has solved big issue as West Ham seal transfer deal

Paul Robinson says the capture of Tomas Soucek is a deal that West Ham needed in order to bolster their squad this month.

The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Irons have been crying out for a midfielder since David Moyes first joined as manager back in 2017.

The Hammers confirmed they had secured the capture of the Czech Republic international earlier this week from Slavia Prague on what is a loan-to-buy deal.

Robinson say that Moyes needed midfield reinforcements this month and that Soucek will fill a big void in the middle of the park, although he went on to say a more creative presence would not go amiss.

Robinson told Football Insider: “It’s a central midfielder that they’ve needed. They needed a central midfielder when David Moyes was first at the club and they still need one now.

“Soucek, he’s a defensive, holding, midfielder – he’s a good, hard-working player. They need a little bit more creativity in there as well but I think Soucek is a strong, defensive, tough-tackling midfielder.

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“West Ham need proven, tried-and-tested, international players.”

Soucek has played an important role for parent club Slavia Prague during the first half of the campaign, operating as both a ball-winner in the midfield and a threat in front of goal.

He netted 12 goals across all competitions, including two in his six Champions League appearances, while he also has 25 caps for the Czech national team under his belt.

In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has been blown away by the Hammers’ late transfer plans.