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Paddy Kenny has urged West Ham to ‘push the boat out’ and sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea this summer. 

The former Leeds United stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the Hammers need to be more ambitious.

Last week, Football Insider revealed that Aston Villa are willing to meet Chelsea’s £40million asking price while Wolves and Leicester Villa are also in the race for Abraham.

It is understood that Abraham’s Stamford Bridge future is up in the air amid doubts from Thomas Tuchel.

However, David Moyes ruled West Ham out of the race for Abraham when he heard about the £40million price tag.

He told Sky Sports, “If that’s the figure [£40m] and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out.”

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Kenny insists West Ham need to be more ambitious if they qualify for the Champions League this season.

“If they do qualify they 100 per cent need to be more ambitious,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“They might want a striker who will give them more for that price, especially if they are going to qualify for Europe.

“They’ve got a good squad now and they’ve been unbelievable this season. But the Champions League is another level.

“So they would definitely have to go out and strengthen and push the boat out for a player like Abraham.”

Abraham started the season in prolific form as Frank Lampard gave him plenty of game time in the Premier League and Champions League group stage.

He has 12 goals and six assists to his name in 36 appearances for Chelsea this season.

In other news, the Hammers have been told to sign this Premier League star after a key update from ESPN.