Darren Bent has urged West Ham to trigger Tomas Soucek’s purchase clause after his impressive performances since joining the club.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims it was “great business” from the Irons to get a deal in place to buy him this summer.

West Ham confirmed back in January that they had agreed an option to sign the 25-year-old permanently from Slavia Prague after his half-season loan spell.

The Evening Standard report it could cost a total of £17million to keep the Czech Republic international at the London Stadium next season.

Having been impressed by what he has seen this season, Bent believes the Irons should pay the money and keep Soucek on board.

Asked if he thought West Ham should trigger the midfielder’s purchase clause, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, I do. I like him – it was harsh on him with the first goal against Chelsea.

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“It’s a great bit of business – he put the effort in and I think that’s what they need right now West Ham – they don’t need world beaters or these flair players who have got more flair than heart.

“When you’ve got players like Soucek who are working hard and making it difficult for the opposition – it might not be nice to watch at times but it’s all about staying in the league at the minute and if they can do that, then he’s perfect for David Moyes.”

Soucek has a total of seven appearances under his belt for the Irons since signing late in the January window.

His header against Chelsea was his first goal for the club, although he had already seen a goal controversially chalked off by VAR earlier against the Blues.

In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips claims that fans will be in uproar if a big-name star is recalled to the side.

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