West Ham United secured the signing of Tomas Soucek for a fee of £19 million. The player was initially on loan from parent club Slavia Prague for the first half of the year. While the deal primarily involved West Ham and Slavia Prague, the real winner coming out of this deal is arguably Soucek’s childhood club Slovan Havlíčkův Brod.
Playing in the fourth division of the Czech league, Slovan Havlíčkův Brod will be credited 10% of the transfer fee as part of an earlier deal.
As part of the deal, the club will receive 1.9 million pounds, which when converted to Czech national currency Koruna, rises to 43 million Koruna. This comes as a huge boost for the club who have an annual budget of 4.5 million Koruna. The chairman of the club Pavel Mazánek proclaimed that this transfer has taken care of them for the next ten years.
“If a player transfers to any club, both within the Czech Republic and abroad, the SK Slavia Praha – football as a club will pay the FC Slovan Havlíčkův Brod club an amount of 10% of the transfer amount on the basis of the issued tax document (invoice) The Slavic boss Tvrdík confirmed it on top with a text message: “10% of the transfer amount.”
Tomas Soucek spent 3 years with Slovan Havlíčkův Brod before moving onto Slavia Prague at the age of 10. Soucek was involved in loan stints with FK Viktoria Žižkov and FC Slovan Liberec before making the switch to London. His physical stature of 6’4, his qualities with the ball and work off the ball make him an ideal box-to-box midfielder.
Soucek a great addition to the Hammers midfield
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 24, 2020
David Moyes expressed his delight having secured the signing of the 25-year-old who has complimented Mark Noble and Declan Rice in the midfield so far. The player also chipped in with some vital goals in victories against Chelsea and Watford. Moyes said:
“I’m delighted that Tomas has signed his permanent contract to secure his long-term future at the club,” Moyes told the club’s website.
“When I came in, we talked about needing another midfield player, to help Declan Rice and Mark Noble, and I think he’s been a really good fit for us.
“He’s a terrific lad with very good physical capabilities. He has scored some really important goals for us, against Chelsea, Newcastle, and Watford.”