Former Slavia Praha forward Stanislav Vlcek claims ​Tomáš Souček's loan move to West Ham will be automatically triggered into a permanent deal if the Hammers avoid relegation.

The Hammers currently find themselves in a desperate situation in the Premier League, one point adrift of safety, with just six wins all season.


David Moyes opted to bring in Souček in a bid to salvage their season, but the Czech's arrival failed to have the desired impact as the Irons blew a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Brighton on the midfielder's ​Premier League debut.

His initial £3.5m loan deal included an option to buy for £13.5m in the summer, in what appeared to be a straightforward agreement. 

However, according to Vlcek - now the club's 'team leader' - it appears as if there is another clause in the loan deal that will see Souček return to his parent club at the end of the season if ​West Ham fail to avoid relegation this term. If they do maintain their top flight status, then the purchase agreement will be activated automatically.

“The first task is staying up," he told ​Ruik. "West Ham have a very tough schedule. We hope that West Ham will stay up because of Tomas. If they do, Tomas’s loan would automatically turn into a transfer. In the event West Ham go down, Tomas would return to Slavia and his future would then be discussed. 

"As far as I know from the boys, Tomas is excited about the new gig in terms of the fans and the facilities. I hope he stays up and builds a strong position at West Ham like he did at Slavia.”

A daunting set of fixtures await the Hammers in the coming weeks, with five of the 'big six' to come in their next seven Premier League outings. This string of games could prove crucial to avoiding the drop, but Moyes will hoping to have fellow January signing Jarrod Bowen in the side to boost his misfiring squad alongside Souček.

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