By Alan Hutton

2nd Oct, 2020 | 7:00am

'I'd rather stay' - Exclusive: Pundit tips defender to snub potential West Ham move

Alan Hutton has tipped Rangers defender James Tavernier to snub the chance to join West Ham if they make a bid.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Aston Villa right-back has questioned whether the 28-year-old would want to leave European football and a title push to fight relegation with the Hammers.

Teamtalk claim that the Premier League side are considering a late move for the Ibrox captain after his impressive form north of the border.

However, Hutton believes that Tavernier would forced to defend a lot more than he has to at Rangers and suggests he would rather stay playing under Steven Gerrard than join West Ham.

Asked if the Gers star would be a good fit for the Irons, Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s difficult to judge, it’s such a high level down there and West Ham, you’re playing against top opposition week in, week out where you’re getting asked to defend constantly.

“Fredericks has done not too bad, he’s got great pace, it’s not really worked for him but I think West Ham are looking to strengthen their back line, they have to.

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“It’s a difficult one – does he really want to go down there and be involved in a relegation fight or does he want to stay and play with Rangers and play in Europe. If the money’s right, he’ll have to make that decision.

“It would be a great opportunity – he’s been a great servant to the club – to go and test yourself at a high level but is that the place you want to go? I think I’d rather stay at Rangers personally.”

Tavernier has netted 52 times across all competitions for the Light Blues and isone of the club’s set-piece specialists.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are closing in on a new defender signing after a mega bid.