West Ham should “forget” about signing Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and look to bring in a player that is “tried and tested” in England, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Irons and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the club sign a centre-half who can ‘handle himself’ from the Championship.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims that West Ham and Newcastle have a “strong interest” in signing Daniele Rugani, 26, from Juventus before the October 5 deadline.

The Italy international made just 14 appearances for the Serie A giants last season and has fallen down the pecking order since the £76million arrival of Matthijs de Ligt in July 2019.

This site revealed on Monday that the Irons had ended their interest in Burnley defender James Tarkowski after a series of unsuccessful bids for the England international.

When asked by Football Insider where the Hammers should now turn in their pursuit of a centre-half, McAvennie said:

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“Go and get somebody from the Championship. Forget about bringing in one of these foreigners that have not been tried in England.

“Go to the Championship, there are lots of foreigners and home-grown guys – they are tried and tested. They can handle themselves because of the ruff and tumble nature of the Championship. That is what West Ham need. We need somebody that can stand up and be counted.

“I could not understand why they kept going and going with Tarkowski for that price. Today’s market has gone mad.” 

Rugani, like Tarkowski, is unlikely to come cheap with four years remaining on his contract in Turin.

Signed from Empoli in 2015, Rugani has won five Serie A titles and three Coppa Italias at Juventus.

In other West Ham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that David Moyes will be ‘Kicking himself’ after major Celtic transfer decision.