EXCLUSIVE: Bayern interest prompts West Ham to offer in-form star bumper new deal

Tomas Soucek

West Ham are ready to offer a bumper new contract to in-form Czech star Tomas Soucek, TEAMtalk understands.

The Hammers have been hugely impressed with their midfield star, who has become a key performer in David Moyes’ first-team.

Soucek only signed a permanent deal in the summer, after he joined on-loan from Slavia Prague in January.

With three goals already this season, including the equaliser at Leeds on Friday night, the 25-year-old now has six goals in 24 league starts for the Hammers.

He was also named Czech Player of the Year in August, and his reputation is growing.

Despite only arriving in the summer on a four-year deal, West Ham have already approached his representatives with the idea of giving him a pay-rise.

The London side are aware that his form since arriving in England has not gone unnoticed.

Indeed, Bayern Munich are already monitoring the player, along with some other European big hitters.

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Moyes fumes at VAR despite West Ham win

David Moyes made his frustrations over VAR known in his post-match reaction following West Ham’s 2-1 win over Leeds at Elland Road.

The Hammers fell behind to an early Mateusz Klich penalty after Patrick Bamford was brought down by Lukasz Fabianski. However, Tomas Soucek equalised before the break and Angelo Ogbonna headed in a 79th minute winner.

The three points sees them move up to fifth in the league, but Moyes’ focus was on the decision to allow Leeds to retake their penalty.

Klich actually saw his first attempt saved by Fabianski, but the goalkeeper had stepped in front of his line before making the stop. That was pulled up by VAR, and Michael Oliver was instructed to give Leeds a second bite at the cherry.

And without any prompting in his interview with Sky Sports, Moyes soon brought up the issue.

Asked what he thought of West Ham’s display, he said: “I was pleased. I think you should talk about because of the goal, the penalty. There’s not much I can say, you may as well let the referees talk about it really. Anyway, great performance by the players, really good.”

Moyes was then asked how pleased he was by the response of his players to falling behind. Again though, the penalty call was at the centre of his response.

“I thought we played really well tonight against a good Leeds team who are difficult to play against.” Read more…