'Big gamble' - Ibrox Exclusive: West Ham tipped to beat Rangers to 21yo signing this summer
Kevin Phillips has tipped Rangers target Josh Maja to jump at the chance to be reunited with David Moyes at West Ham this summer.
However, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that signing the 21-year-old would be a “big gamble” for the Irons given the forward’s lack of experience at the top level.
Sky Sports claimed on Wednesday that the Hammers were considering a move for the Bordeaux striker who scored eight goals in 24 appearances last season.
Football Insider revealed in May that Rangers had identified the former Sunderland star as a potential replacement for Alfredo Morelos, was the Colombian to leave Ibrox.
Phillips believes that Moyes and the Premier League will be a major draw for Maja.
“It is a big jump, the Premier League, so it would be a big gamble,” he told Football Insider.
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“We all saw him score goals at Sunderland and we thought his future lay there but he moved on.
“In regards to West Ham, David Moyes gave Maja his debut, so he has worked with him. David Moyes knows much more about whether Maja can make that jump because he has worked with him.
“If it is true he must think he can make that jump. It will need patience though.
“If I had a chance to go to West Ham and play under a manager that gave me my debut then I would certainly look at that option. I would look at West Ham above anything else because the manager and the club are in the Premier League.”
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