A new contract for Tomas Soucek could kick off a summer of spending at West Ham, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons board will back David Moyes in the transfer window to build around the likes of the 26-year-old.

As revealed by Football Insider, West Ham are planning to hand Soucek a new blockbuster deal amid interest from Premier League and European rivals.

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The Czech Republic international has been a mainstay for the Hammers since initially joining on loan from Slavia Prague in January 2020.

Whelan has suggested the West Ham board now have complete trust in Moyes claimed Soucek’s new deal could be the start of a busy summer.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s been looked at by other clubs, I’m sure. However, West Ham are not a selling club, they’re looking to rebuild. 

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“They’ve got the manager, I’m sure the board are backing him. David Moyes will want that backing and that trust that funds will be available to go on and strengthen again.

“It looks like a match made in heaven between the board and David Moyes with what they’ve done. There’s trust in him to get rid of certain players. Also, there’s trust in players that he’s brought into the football club.

“He really has rejuvenated into a team that’s very, very confident and can match anybody on their day. That ambition is there, that’s why players are wanting to stay.

“That’s why players will probably want to join because they’re now in a position where they contest. They’re up there. They could be in Europe next year which is going to be even more of a pulling point as well.”

In other news, Phillips claims West Ham will not bat an eyelid at the reported fee to sign Dawson permanently.