Kevin Phillips has insisted Tammy Abraham could be a masterstroke signing for West Ham – and he won’t cost the earth.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 1999-2000 Premier League Golden Boot winner claimed the promise of regular football and staying in London could lure the goal machine to the Hammers.
The Daily Telegraph report Abraham, 23, is unlikely to be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge and West Ham will be interested come the summer.
The England international will have two years left on his deal at the end of the season and has seen his game time limited since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in January.
Asked whether West Ham would be a masterstroke signing for Abraham, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Yes, it could be.
“They’re obviously in the market for a striker. Antonio has had his injuries and they haven’t got anybody else after they sold Haller. They haven’t got an out-and-out striker.
“From Tammy’s point of view, it would be a good move for him because he’s going to go there and play week in, week out.
“At Chelsea, he doesn’t know if he’s going to play, he’s in and out. I think Chelsea will go for another striker in the summer so that will limit it further.
“I think that could be a good, young energetic striker with Premier League experience. He’s not costing mega, mega money. Of course it will be a good deal.
“Him and Lingard, if he signs there, means he will have two good players who know the Premier League.
“That move to West Ham would be good. Geographically, staying in London, it could suit him.”
Abraham has scored 30 goals in 80 Chelsea matches after prolific loan stints at Aston Villa – 26 in 40 – and Bristol City – 26 in 48.