West Ham will have ‘a bit of money’ to spend this summer and David Moyes targets gems like Soucek and Coufal

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<p>Soucek and Coufal have starred for the Hammers</p> (Getty Images)

Soucek and Coufal have starred for the Hammers

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David Moyes is confident he will have money to spend in the summer transfer window, but is ready to do some wheeling and dealing - and is hoping to find some more gems.

West Ham's recruitment under Moyes has been the envy of many a Premier League manager since the Scot returned to east London.

Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek arrived during his first window at the club, while Vladimir Coufal and Jesse Lingard - the latter on loan from Manchester United - have been sensations this season.

Moyes has warned that the pandemic will mean budgets are tighter this summer and ruled West Ham out of a deal for Tammy Abraham if Chelsea stick to their £40million asking price, but is starting to sound more optimistic after the Premier League agreed a new three-year UK television deal on the same terms.

"I think we'll have a bit of money to spend," said Moyes. "Maybe the new TV deal might have made the owners realise that there's money coming in for the next three, four years.

“But at the moment, regardless how much money I'll have to spend, I'll try and make it work the best I can. I might need to juggle it and do different bits of wheeling and dealing if I can."

The two Czech players - Soucek and Coufal - have been marvels for Moyes and his small recruitment team, led by recruitment analyst Jordan Miles.

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Pool via REUTERS

Asked if now is the time when being able to find such gems given how tight the market is, Moyes said he will push to unearth more.

"Going forward we are still very much in a time where we are trying to build and bring in stability to the club," said the 58-year-old.

"I’d like to continue getting in young players for the future, but I’ve also got to think about the short-term which I mentioned when I took the job. So those boys have really helped us.

"If I could find another two like that, I’d be incredibly lucky, because I’ve been so lucky to get myself two players from the Czech Republic who, more importantly than being good footballers, have been great men and great ambassadors for the sport of football. They play. They try to play every minute. They don’t miss a day’s training. They’re never injured. It’s nearly a bit of a throwback.

"If I could get another two like that, it would massively improve our squad and we could, but as you well know that’s not that easy. But I’ll try. I’ll try to do that again if I can."

Soucek and Coufal have been known to turn up at the training ground on days off to do more work, while the full-back has even been getting the local bus home.

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The two have brought new life into the squad this season, and Moyes has hailed them for helping to transform the mentality.

Moyes said: "I’d have to put a lot of the mentality change down – I hope – to the work we’ve done and what we’re demanding, but I have to say the individuals change it.

"They’ve changed it because they’ve come in and said: ‘Why would you be tired? Why would you need a day off? Why do you need to rest? Why would you not be doing extra?’ What that’s done is it’s kept the staff right on our toes because we’ve been in every day.

"That’s why we’re really looking forward to the end of the season now for a bit of a break! But they have. We want players who are hungry, driven, really want to have a go. They’re thrilled to be playing in the Premier League and long may that continue."

One area the Hammers are desperate to strengthen is up top. Michail Antonio is the only senior striker and, at 31 and with his injury record, Moyes cannot afford not to strengthen in that area. Abraham, Ivan Toney and Abdallah Sima are all targets.

The Scot was keen to bring Marko Arnautovic back to the club from China during the January window - and would not rule out attempting to do so again this summer.

"Marko was great for me," said Moyes.

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AFP via Getty Images

"I loved having him at the club because I liked the challenge of trying to manage him. He's someone who maybe wasn't easy at times but I actually quite enjoyed it.

"I would never rule Marko out but I'm trying to move forward. I'm trying to build towards a new team, a new West Ham. I'm trying not to go back if I can help it.

“It's not to say that I would never go there, I would do of course. We might get a chance to see how Marko plays in the Euros. I hope I do because I really like him."

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