Champions League qualification could give West Ham the financial boost needed to sign Tammy Abraham.
That’s according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Abraham’s future.
It is understood that Abraham’s future at Stamford Bridge 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.”
Whelan claims Champions League qualification could change Moyes’ thinking but expects the club to spend their money elsewhere.
When asked if Champions League qualification could give West Ham the money to afford Abraham, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “Possibly,
“They’ll get a good balance for finishing in that position in the Premier League.
“But West Ham may need to spend that money in other places. They might be looking at bringing in two players for £40million, rather than one.
“There’s no doubt he’s worth it. He’s a great age, a great goalscorer. It’s very surprising that he hasn’t been playing under Tuchel.
“Chelsea’s loss could be someone else’s gain for sure. Let’s not rule it out, there are other ways to pay big fees for a player that doesn’t have to be a lump sum.”
West Ham’s Monday night win over Burnley moved the club back up to fifth in the Premier League.
The Hammers are three points behind fourth placed Chelsea with four games remaining.