West Ham have been warned Tomas Soucek would have no hesitation in leaving the club if he is not tied down to a bumper new deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-England defender Danny Mills suggested the midfielder should not be given a new contract in line with Declan Rice and Michail Antonio.
This site revealed earlier this week Soucek is set to be given a bumper new deal ahead of the summer window.
The Czech Republic international is currently on a contract worth between £40,000 and £50,000-a-week.
And Mills suggested he should be given a deal worth around £60,000-a-week – a 50 per cent rise on £40,000.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I’m not sure a new contract would put him up there with the top earners and the likes of Declan Rice and Michail Antonio.
“Of course, West Ham now know other teams are going to come sniffing. Let’s just say he’s on £40,000-a-week which is good money and all of a sudden a big club comes in and says ‘You know what, we want him for £60,000-a-week’. Should he have a huge degree of loyalty to West Ham? Probably not, is the answer.
“Then you’ve got to pay whatever to replace him plus wages. It’s good business, he’s a good player and he’s proven that.
“To keep him at the football club would be a very good idea.”
Soucek has been a revelation in claret and blue since arriving in east London last year.
He has scored 11 times in 43 games for the Hammers, including eight goals in the Premier League this season.