Frank McAvennie has heard that West Ham are looking to sign Danny Welbeck this month following the striker’s exit from Watford.

The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged his former club not to sign another “sick note” despite the 29-year-old’s ‘undoubted ability’.

Welbeck terminated his contract with Watford by mutual consent yesterday, 12 months after he arrived to Vicarage Road on a free transfer from Arsenal.


The 42-time England international suffered a hamstring injury against Tottenham last October which limited him to just 20 appearances in the 2019/20 campaign.

McAvennie compared Welbeck’s injury troubles to that of former Hammers Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll.

“I have heard this morning, and I am not sure whether it is true or not, that they are looking to sign Welbeck,”  he told Football Insider.

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“They have just let one sick note go in Jack Wilshere, why would you want to get another one in?

“There is no doubting the boys ability but he is on the field more than he is on. It is a bit like Andy Carroll. They have just got rid of Jack Wilshere, why do they want another one who is not there every week.

“People get injuries but some get more than their fair share and unfortunately Welbeck is one of them.”  

West Ham confirmed the departure of Wilshere on Monday after a mutual termination of his contract, which was due to expire next summer.

He made just 19 appearances for the Hammers, of which only nine were starts, following his arrival on a free transfer from Arsenal in July 2018.

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