By Wayne Veysey

11th Feb, 2022 | 10:26am

Sources: West Ham opening new contract talks with Tomas Soucek

West Ham are set to open talks with Tomas Soucek over a new and improved contract, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Czech colossus has been instrumental in the London club’s remarkable campaign that has put them in contention for a top-four finish.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club want to tie Soucek, 26, down to fend off interest from rival Premier League and European clubs.

The midfielder has a deal with the Irons that runs until the summer of 2024.

He is set to be offered a significant pay rise as well as an extension to his current agreement.

Soucek has been a huge success for West Ham since signing in January 2020, initially on a loan deal.

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That was subsequently converted into a permanent transfer in the summer of that year for around £15million.

Soucek has been a virtual ever-present in David Moyes’ midfield since his arrival, including this season.

He has started 22 of the club’s 24 Premier League matches and as well as figuring in nine of their 11 cup fixtures.

The aerially dominant central midfielder has scored goals this season, all of which have come in the league.

Soucek has been one of the most effective penalty box players in the Premier League since leaving his native Czech Republic.

In total, he has made 85 appearances for West Ham, which have yielded an impressive 16 goals from his defensive midfield role.

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