Man Utd could sign their next Marouane Fellaini in West Ham star Tomas Soucek.
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According to Football Insider, the Red Devils are reported to be watching the 25-year-old midfielder ahead of a possible summer move as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to bolster his midfield.
Several Premier League clubs, as well as clubs across Europe, are also keen on landing the towering 6 ft 2 in Czech colossus.
And the report adds that while Solskjaer’s top priority is finding a new centre-back in the summer , the club legend is desperately searching for depth to his midfield, hence the reported interest in Soucek.
Shades of Marouane Fellaini
The 30-cap Czech Republic international has been in impressive form for West Ham so far this season, scoring eight goals in 26 appearances across all competitions, including a goal against Solskjaer’s side at the London Stadium last year.
Primarily a defensive-minded midfielder, Soucek has played a key part in the transformation that has taken West Ham to sixth in the Premier League this season, a point behind bitter rivals Chelsea.
Working in tandem with Declan Rice, the pair have formed a formidable partnership in the midfield, which has given the Czechian the license to roam further afield.
A return of eight goals ranks him joint-12th in the Premier League this season together with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, and those kind of numbers is something United fans became accustomed to when Marouane Fellaini was at his peak at Old Trafford.
Like Soucek, the big Belgian had a penchant for finding the back of the net from the deep-lying midfield. During the 2014/15 season, he scored seven goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, per Transfermarkt – he memorably scored in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Preston.
And in the Hammers star, United could well find themselves their next Fellaini. Not only is he an indirect set-piece threat, but he also possesses some very similar physical attributes to the former Belgium international.
Described as “brilliant” by David Moyes when speaking to reporters after West Ham’s 1-0 win at Sheffield United, Soucek is very much in the mould of an old-school box-to-box midfielder. The hulking Czech behemoth offers his side a lot of defensive protection, much like Fellaini in his prime, as he averages more than 2 tackles per 90 and completes a remarkable 2.9 clearances on average in the Premier League.
If Ed Woodward is looking to add some much-needed size and strength to the engine room, it seems like Soucek – who is currently valued at £27m via Transfermarkt – has all the tools and tricks of the trade to do just the job.
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