West Ham have reportedly joined Arsenal within the race to sign Real Betis right-back Emerson Royal this summer season.
Italy outlet CalcioMercato claims the Hammers are enthusiastic about plundering former boss Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis for Barcelona loanee. The 22-year-old joined Betis on a two-year loan from Barca in the summertime of 2019, after being signed by the Catalan side of Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro.
Since then he has starred in 69 video games for Betis, scoring 15 goals – scoring 5 and helping ten.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo has beforehand expressed Arsenal’s interest, with the Gunners additionally eager on Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez.
Nevertheless, West Ham are ready to battle their London rivals, together with German side Bayer Leverkusen.
At this time it stays to be seen how a lot the defender will cost. However it’s anticipated to be a big payment, provided that Royal continues to be under contract till 2024.
The Hammers’ connection is a bit shocking, given how well Vladimir Coufal has played this season.
Arsenal are prone to have extra want within the right-back, with Hector Bellerin about to move on. To that end, the Gunners are prone to be favorites to seal Royal’s signature.
Soucek goes nowhere
West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce insists the Hammers don’t have any need to promote Tomas Soucek this summer season amid allegations that he’s being focused by Manchester United.
Soucek joined the Hammers in an preliminary loan move in January 2020. That turned a everlasting deal of £ 19m in the summertime, with the payment paid to Slavia Prague trying wonderful enterprise. Soucek’s kind alongside Declan Rice in midfield has been instrumental in pushing the ‘Hammers’ for European football.
Soucek has 9 goals to his title from 29 appearances this season. And his restoration was additional enhanced by a hat-trick on Wednesday within the Czech Republic’s 6-2 victory against Estonia.
That has in all probability led to hypothesis that he’s being focused in a big-money summer season move to Old Trafford. They declare to see the massive Czech as an ideal addition to their midfield and key to getting the best from Bruno Fernandes.
We additionally revealed in December solely that Bayern Munich can be contemplating a way for the 6-foot-4-inch star.
Hammers star fortunately in London
Pearce, nevertheless, is adamant that Soucek is happy on the London Stadium and the Hammers won’t entertain any offers.
“No, he is happy right here and he is not going anyplace, that is for positive,” Pearce advised talkSPORT.
“It has been great right here, I’ve to say. Dave [Moyes] he introduced it into the membership last January and has since been fantastic.
“He has a beautiful angle to work, on his off days he comes into work, it is an actual pleasure to work with.
“As a man he’s of the very best caliber. He and Soufal, each Czech boys, they each have been great.
“And Tomas is usually a handful, too. England will face the Czech Republic within the [Euro 2020] group motion and its skill in each packing containers if very, superb. “