Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek moves to West Ham from Slavia

              In this file picture taken on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, Czech Republic's Tomas Soucek celebrates at the end of the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between Czech Republic and England at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek has moved from Slavia Prague to English Premier League team West Ham United on loan, according to a club announcement Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek/File)

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Republic defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek moved from Slavia Prague to West Ham on loan on Wednesday.

Slavia chief executive Jaroslav Tvrdik said the 24-year-old Soucek signed a deal until the end of the season for 4.5 million euros ($4 million).

If West Ham survives in the Premier League, it will likely apply an option to sign Soucek to a full contract for another 16.2 million euros ($17.8 million).

West Ham is currently in 17th place in the league with 23 points, the same as Bournemouth in 18th and Watford in 19th.

Soucek was voted the best player of the Czech league last season after scoring 13 goals. He has scored three goals in his 25 games for the national team.