By Alan Hutton

14th Jul, 2021 | 12:18pm

Abraham 'keen' to join West Ham from Chelsea, says ex-teammate

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham would be a “fantastic signing” for West Ham this summer, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa defender, and ex-teammate of the hitman, suggested the 23-year-old would be keen on joining the Irons after struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge.

As revealed by Football Insider (July 10th), West Ham now lead Aston Villa in the race to sign Abraham.

Chelsea are understood to value the striker at £40million but it is expected an initial £30million-plus bid could seal the deal.

The Irons are in the market for a new centre-forward to compete with Michail Antonio for a place in the starting XI.

Hutton, who played alongside Abraham at Villa during the 2018/19 campaign, claimed he would be an excellent addition at the London Stadium.

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He suggested the hitman would also be tempted at moving to another London club.

“I think he’d be a fantastic signing for West Ham,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“It would especially enhance their squad a lot. I’ve worked with him, I know what he brings, I know what he gives to the team.

“Tammy Abraham’s a guy who was very in and out at Chelsea last season but still got his goals. He still helped the team.

“I think the one problem West Ham had last season is when Antonio wasn’t fit, who played? Who came in?

You could play them as a two, you could play them up there on their own. Antonio could even play out wide.

“There are different options there if you bring in the likes of Tammy Abraham. Also, he’s in London, based in London, West Ham are a London club which probably suits him.

“Overall, if they can get the fee right, I doubt it’s going to be a small one, I think it’d be a good move for Tammy.

“He’ll be looking to burst into that England team as well. Meanwhile, West Ham are trying to improve and stay up in the top half of that table.”

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