West Ham remain hopeful that Tomas Soueck will sign a new contract this summer, according to transfer expert Dean Jones.

The Czech Republic international has proven to be an outstanding addition to David Moyes’ West Ham team since his initial loan move from Slavia Prague in January 2020.

With 19 goals in 105 first-team appearances since then, the midfielder has impressed heavily in east London, which has unsurprisingly led to interest from other clubs.

With just two years remaining on his current London Stadium deal, there have been reports of the likes of Newcastle, Everton and Aston Villa keeping close tabs on his situation.

But Jones has revealed that a new round of contract talks are set to happen soon, and that West Ham do want him to sign a new contract.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, he said: “At a time when we’re wondering what’s happening with Declan Rice, West Ham are also in a situation where Soucek might go as well.

“So, I believe that there’s another round of talks to come and that Soucek could yet still sign a new contract and stay at West Ham and there are definitely people who want that to happen.”

Jones’ reminder that the Hammers are in real danger of losing the midfield duo that has played a major role in the club’s rise from relegation candidates to top-six hopefuls and Europa League semi-finalists, makes the whole situation pretty urgent.

Losing Declan Rice would be a serious blow to West Ham’s quality, but to lose Soucek as well would be disastrous to the Hammers’ short-term ambitions. Replacing one would be difficult but replacing both in such a short space of time would be close to impossible given the importance they both have on this team.

From a fan’s perspective, it’s inconceivable that the club would allow this situation with Soucek to end with him being sold, and David Moyes will probably be thinking the same thing.

However, Jones’ comments do suggest there might be some light at the end of the tunnel eventually, but none of us will be happy until Soucek has signed on the dotted line.