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9th Jan, 2017 | 11:42am

Ray Wilkins: West Ham must do what it takes to sign 29-year-old Premier League star

By Will Butcher

Ray Wilkins believes West Ham should sign Robert Snodgrass to kickstart their Premier League campaign under Slaven Bilic.

The Mirror reported that the Hammers have already had a £3million bid rejected for the 29-year-old, but are willing to make a second offer that will see Ashley Fletcher go the other way.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday, Wilkins believes that Snodgrass would provide the Hammers with something that they do not currently have.

“£3million was never going to get him out there, they need to up their bid there.” Wilkins revealed. “He will bring you quality, from open play and set pieces.

“He’s been shining this year in a side that have struggled this season, scoring goals and carrying Hull. He did great to return from injury and he will give West Ham something they don’t have.”

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Snodgrass has been in breathtaking form for the Tigers this season despite their dismal form that sees them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Scoring nine goals in his 21 league and cup appearances this season, the Scotland international has also turned provider on a further two occasions as he strives to keep Hull in the top flight.

Former Leeds and Norwich ace Snodgrass could be tempted to jump ship from the Tigers, after winning just three of their 20 Premier League matches this season.

A move to the London Stadium could still be on the cards, as Croatian manager Slaven Bilic looks to add proven quality to his side.

Football Insider verdict:

A move for Snodgrass would prove a huge coup for the Hammers. Bilic’s decision to bring multiple new faces to east London from overseas has backfired, with the likes of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli and Simone Zaza all failing to provide the quality that Bilic had hoped would see West Ham replicate last season’s form that took them to sixth in the Premier League table. Snodgrass’ experience on home soil would give the Hammers proven top-flight quality, with his set-piece ability good enough to bring the best out of target man Andy Carroll. That connection could give stimulate the Hammers’ best form, as star player Dimitri Payet struggles to maintain last season’s form.

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