West Ham

Man United are keeping tabs on West Ham midfield star Thomas Soucek ahead of the summer window, Football Insider understands.

The Premier League clubs are among many in the English top flight as well as in Europe’s top leagues who have been hugely impressed by the giant Czech’s impact since joining the Irons in January of last year.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that United’s talent-spotters are closely monitoring Soucek, 25, with a view to a potential transfer.

West Ham are braced for summer bids for the 6ft 3in midfielder, who has been a pillar of their excellent campaign.

Soucek has started all 23 of the club’s Premier League matches and had played every minute until he was sent off against Fulham in stoppage time last weekend, a decision that was subsequently overturned.

The aerially dominant central midfielder has scored eight league goals and tops the West Ham scoring charts.

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He has emerged as the most effective penalty box player in the Premier League just over a year after leaving his native Czech Republic.

He initially joined on loan from Slavia Prague in January of last year before signing on a permanent deal last summer for £15million.

Man United’s priority is strengthening at centre-back in the summer but they are also looking to recruit in central midfield.

Scott McTominay, Fred and Paul Pogba are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred starters in that position.

He can also call upon Nemanja Matic, but he turns 33 in August and has made only four league starts among his 20 appearances this season.

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