Frank McAvennie has exclusively told Football FanCast that his former side West Ham should only sign Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham providing he fits the bill for David Moyes.
Following the January departure of their only recognised striker Sebastien Haller, West Ham are likely to replace the Ivorian this summer following their failed attempts in the winter window.
Reports have suggested that the east London outfit are keen on signing the England frontman – with his long-term future at Chelsea in serious doubt.
Chelsea bought in Timo Werner last summer, whilst Thomas Tuchel’s side are keen on signing Borussia Dortmund star Erlind Haaland, meaning Abraham’s days at Stamford Bridge could be numbered.
The £36m-rated man has scored 12 goals in all competitions for the Blues this season, although he’s started just twice in the Premier League under Tuchel and has been in and out the team since his appointment.
Abraham’s contract talks have stalled in recent months, which could make him available for a transfer this summer, but McAvennie has warned West Ham to avoid another repeat of what happened with Haller.
He told Football FanCast:
“They don’t need someone that is going to be a target man, they don’t need another [Sebastien] Haller that isn’t going to run, they need someone like Antonio, that gives energy and chases people.
“If that isn’t Tammy Abraham, don’t go near him. But I’m not going to question David Moyes because the signings that he’s bought in this year have been different class – Coufal, Soucek, Lingard. Bowen is another example. These are all players that David has bought in and have done very well.
“Tammy Abraham, wonderful striker he might be, if he’s not the mould he wants with energy up front, then he won’t come.”