Inter Milan could face an obstacle in trying to sign midfielder Tomas Soucek from West Ham United on a free transfer if the Hammers are to extend the 28-year-old’s contract.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

Inter are reportedly looking at West Ham midfielder Soucek as a possible transfer target for next summer.

The Nerazzurri are likely to beef up their midfield with at least one signing.

And Soucek could present himself as a logical target for the Nerazzurri in a couple of respects.

Firstly, the 28-year-old former Slavia Prague midfielder has the kinds of traits that are currently missing among Inter’s midfield options.

Soucek is tall, physically strong, and has a real aerial presence. At the moment, these are hardly strong points of the Inter midfield, which is more technical.

In this sense, the Czech would be something of a replacement for Roberto Gagliardini.

Gagliardini left to join Monza during the summer transfer window.

Moreover, Soucek could be available on a free transfer. This would certainly make him an appealing target for a team in Inter’s financial position.

Inter May Not Be Able To Sign Tomas Soucek On Free Transfer

It is no secret that free transfer signings are an important aspect of Inter’s strategy in the market.

This has been the case ever since Beppe Marotta took over as the Nerazzurri’s CEO.

The experienced executive has long had an eye for a free transfer, including during his tenure at Juventus.

And this has particularly come in handy with Inter’s pandemic-era issues with finances and debt.

Therefore, the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Marcus Thuram among others have arrived on free transfer.

Soucek’s current contract runs out at the end of next June.

And so if the Czech international is indeed to be available out of contract, there is every chance that Inter could move.

But according to the Corriere, there is a possibility that West Ham have an option to unilaterally extend Soucek’s deal.