West Ham have opened talks with Tomas Soucek over a new contract, 90min understands.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers from Slavia Prague on an initial loan deal in January 2020, helping the club survive a tense relegation battle before signing a permanent four-year deal that summer.
The Czech has delivered consistent performances in the heart of midfield ever since, catching the eye of some of Europe's biggest clubs, and has played a major role in helping West Ham become a real force in the Premier League.
To reward Soucek for his displays, 90min has learned that West Ham have opened talks over a new and improved contract – which would reflect his significant importance to the team and reward his impact over the past two years.
Soucek hasn't been as prolific in the goalscoring column during 2021/22, netting just twice in 22 appearances across all competitions, but his ability to hold things together and excel in the anchor role has allowed Declan Rice to flourish as a more advanced box-to-box midfielder.
Results on the field have continued to be positive, too, with the Hammers enjoying another tremendous season under David Moyes.
The club sit fifth in the Premier League table, having seamlessly progressed from their Europa League group at the back end of last year, and they have a great opportunity to progress into the fifth round of the FA Cup after being drawn against non-league Kidderminster Harriers.
Lukasz Fabianski is also set to sign a new one-year contract at West Ham, with talks also in the pipeline for the in-form Jarrod Bowen, while in the transfer market the club are continuing efforts to strengthen their squad in January with a new central defender and a striker.
Loan deals appear the most likely scenario at this stage and any moves could happen as late as deadline day – if Moyes' previous track record in the window is anything to go by.