Dean Ashton claims West Ham have big advantage in bid to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be lured to West Ham in the summer by Champions League football, according to Dean Ashton.
The ex-Hammers striker is convinced that his former club will become a potential destination for the brilliant Sweden forward if they finish in the top four this season.
West Ham are sixth in the Premier League and just three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City despite drawing against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
Ibrahimovic is is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and has admitted that he has been contacted by interested Premier League clubs.
West Ham have gone public with their interest in signing Ibrahimovic, who has scored a remarkable 38 goals in 41 PSG matches this season.
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Aston has not ruled out the prospect of one of Europe’s biggest stars moving to east London.
“Any team that makes the Champions League suddenly has doors opened and the chance to attract big names and the attraction of playing in a new stadium as well would pull players in,” Ashton told 888sport. “I’m pretty sure every West Ham fan would love to see Ibrahimovic come to the Olympic Stadium. I know there have been rumours, and what a signing he would be.
“He brings experience and flair, and he’s the type of player West Ham fans love who can produce something from nothing. He would be incredible.”
Ibrahimovic has scored 144 goals in 170 appearances since joining PSG in 2012.
In other West Ham news, Michail Antonio has urged the club to sign his toughest Premier League opponent this summer.