By Frank McAvennie

5th Aug, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: West Ham told to sign £18m striker after major BBC transfer update

Frank McAvennie has urged the West Ham owners to go and sign Ollie Watkins this summer after Brentford missed out on promotion.

The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that he “would love” to see the 24-year-old lining up at the London Stadium this year after an impressive season in the Championship.

The English centre-forward scored 26 goals in 50 appearances last term but it was not enough to secure Brentford promotion as they lost 2-1 to Fulham in the play-off final last night.

BBC Sport reported this morning that the defeat means that Watkins can leave Griffin Park for £18million this summer, due to a buy-out clause in his contract.

McAvennie has lost faith in  Sebastien Haller and believes Watkins is the man to lead David Moyes’s attack next season.

“I want to see Watkins at West Ham,” he told Football Insider. “He is still relatively young so I think he would be a great buy.

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“I see so much enthusiasm in Watkins every time I see him play. He enjoys it.

“Haller has came in last year and whoever scouted him has not watched West Ham play.

“Moyes has got to be allowed to bring players in that he can rely on. The recruitment has to be right this summer.  

“I would love to see Watkins replace him because he is a real talent. He is only 24 and I was around about that age when I went to West Ham, it is a good age. He looks as if he really enjoys the game.”

Haller arrived for £45million 12 months ago but struggled to make a real impact at the London Stadium.

He scored seven goals in 32 appearances last season.

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