By Alex McLeish

15th Jul, 2021 | 11:30am

Ex-manager tells Abraham to jump at West Ham move after 'great' Chelsea update

Alex McLeish has insisted Tammy Abraham should jump at the chance to join West Ham from Chelsea this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager claimed the 23-year-old needs to leave Stamford Bridge for the good of his career.

As revealed by Football Insider (July 10th), West Ham are the new frontrunners for Abraham after leapfrogging Aston Villa in the race.

It is understood Chelsea value the England striker, who has two years left on his contract, at around £40million.

However, it is expected an initial £30-35million would be enough to convince the Blues to sell.

Abraham slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival as manager.

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McLeish insisted the striker needs to leave Chelsea in search of first-team football.

“That would be a great move for him,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“He does need to go. These players can’t waste any time not playing first-team football.

“For me, he would be a very good signing.

“These are the prices and everybody knows that. That is not a surprising price.

“I’m sure West Ham, if they want to keep to the kind of level they finished last season, they will continue to bring in players at that kind of level.”

Abraham made just seven appearances and scored one goal under Tuchel last season.

He has netted a total of 30 times in 82 games for Chelsea, while he has six England caps to his name.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal West Ham have made move to sign Premier League 25-year-old.