By Alex McLeish

5th Mar, 2021 | 1:27pm

McLeish hails 'phenomenal' Abraham as West Ham make move to sign him

West Ham would be the perfect club for Tammy Abraham if he leaves Chelsea this summer, according to Alex McLeish. 

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the England striker would flourish in east London thanks to his physicality.

Eurosport claim the Hammers have made an initial enquiry for the 23-year-old following his fall down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

The striker has made just two Premier League starts under new boss Thomas Tuchel but has 12 goals and six assists from 30 matches this season.

Notably, he has been left out of the matchday squad for the last two top-flight games.

As a result, McLeish suggested West Ham would be an ideal destination for the hitman.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “There’s always a style of play or a system that can suit your strengths. West Ham would be that kind of team, I would think, for a phenomenal player like Tammy Abraham.

“Antonio has been magnificent for West Ham. For Abraham to go somewhere like that, they’d be quite a big team, with guys like Soucek. He’s had a phenomenal season, great bit of recruitment by Moyes.

“The thing is these kids have come through the under-21s, they have gone on loan, they’ve done their bit to try and get into the first team.

“I don’t know what Thomas Tuchel has told him. Maybe Thomas Tuchel has been patient.

“The speculation obviously comes out but we don’t know if Tuchel may have plans for him. I guess if this story grows arms and leg, Tuchel may say something on it.” 

In other news, West Ham has set sights on signing a Leeds United mainstay.