By Alex McLeish

19th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ex-manager: Zouma told to snub Tottenham offer and sign for 'absolutely tremendous' West Ham

Alex McLeish has urged Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma to snub Tottenham and sign for West Ham this month.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons have “tremendous” potential to establish themselves as top-six regulars.

As reported by Sky Sports (August 18th), both Spurs and West Ham are keen on signing Zouma, 26, with Chelsea setting a £25million asking price.

The eight-cap France international is said to be the Hammers’ top centre-back target.

He reportedly would want to remain in London if he is to leave Chelsea this month.

He still has two years on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

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With a possible option of moving to north or east London on the cards, McLeish suggested Zouma should join David Moyes’ men.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I know West Ham had a brilliant season last year. They look as though they’ve started on fire this season.

“Can they go further? Have they got the potential to do even more and be consistently up there? You would think that they definitely have the resources to back the manager.

“I would have thought that Zouma might think Spurs are rebuilding. He may feel that’s his preference.

“But if I was going for a team with potential, West Ham are really looking absolutely tremendous.”

Moyes currently has Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Winston Reid as his senior centre-back options.

Ogbonna and Dawson started the opening day win over Newcastle, while 17-year-old Jamal Baptiste joined Diop among the substitutes.

In other news, pundit suggests West Ham may launch covert Manchester United raid after transfer latest.