Frank McAvennie has claimed Tomas Soucek is an “absolute steal” for £17.5million as West Ham confirmed the permanent signing of the midfielder.
The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 25-year-old’s price tag put the Sebastien Haller transfer into perspective.
The club confirmed the signing of the centre-midfielder from Slavia Prague last Friday after he put pen to paper on a four-year deal.
Soucek, who spent the second half of the season on loan at the London Stadium, played an integral role in the Hammers survival and scored three goals in 13 appearances.
McAvennie suggested that such a deal shows how the club paid over the odds for Sebastien Haller when they signed him for £45million from Eintracht Frankfurt 12 months ago.
“It is great that they have got that deal completed quickly,” he told Football Insider.
“He has proven his worth in the Premier League.
“He formed a wonderful partnership in there with Declan. They are certainly the two for the midfield.
“When you look at the fee – it is an absolute steal. Look at Haller, he has been there all season, not stepped up and he cost over £40million.
“When you have a midfield player scoring more than your main striker it shows you where they need strengthening.”
When speaking on the signing, David Moyes said: “Soucek has been a really good fit for us.
“He’s a terrific lad with very good physical capabilities and has scored some really important goals, against Chelsea, Newcastle and Watford. We’re glad he’s going to be a West Ham player for a good period to come.”
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