By Noel Whelan

6th Jun, 2020 | 12:22pm

Exclusive: West Ham plot London rival raid, 'Fantastic' swap deal touted by ex-striker

West Ham would getting a “fantastic player” if they could swap Jordan Hugill for QPR attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Premier League hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists a part-exchange between the two London clubs would be a “great” bit of business for all involved.

As revealed by Football Insider back in March, West Ham are plotting a summer move for the 21-year-old after his dazzling performances at Loftus Road.

Eze has been a standout performer for the Hoops, with 12 goals and eight assists in 37 Championship games.

Hugill has also played an important role for QPR up front, having netted 13 times during his loan spell from West Ham.

Whelan believes a deal could be done which sees the striker stay at Loftus Road and Eze make the move to the London Stadium, insisting the Hammers would be a good destination for the attacking midfielder.

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“I’d like to have Eze on board, I really admire him, I think he’s a fantastic midfield player,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He’s very comfortable on the ball, very composed, great engine, gets forward, great feet going into that final third, I’ve praised him so much when I’ve been at Leeds and seen him, watched him play and I’ve seen him grow and get better.

“He seems like a great acquisition for the future, to get a player like that on board, because I think he’ll be a fantastic player, I really do. It doesn’t surprise me that clubs like West Ham are looking at him.

“It would be a great swap deal. The clubs will be happy with that, he’ll have the opportunity to showcase his ability at the very top level with West Ham.”

Hugill, who was signed by David Moyes during his first spell as West Ham boss, has played just three times for the Irons so far.

He spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, where he netted seven goals in 42 games.

In other West Ham news, Whelan has been left thrilled by a major player update from east London.