'Conceding goals left, right and centre': Wilkins claims this PL star would be a force for West Ham
By Matt Farr
Chelsea icon Ray Wilkins believes Premier League rivals West Ham would be a ‘nice fit’ for John Terry.
The 36-year-old Chelsea defender is set to quit Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, as a host of clubs around the globe prepare to fight it out for his signature.
The club had confirmed on their official Twitter account on Monday that they had reached a mutual agreement with Terry that would see him call time on his 22-year association with the club.
John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season https://t.co/zQZe6zPLGC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 17, 2017
But Wilkins, who was a long-serving member of both the playing staff and backroom team at the club, believes he would be a fantastic addition for London rivals West Ham.
The Hammers have struggled defensively this season, and their poor defensive record has left them in a disappointing 13th place the Premier League with five matches remaining.
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Further defensive reinforcements, following the winter addition of Jose Fonte, is therefore likely this summer; and Wilkins thinks they should consider a move for the former England international.
He told TalkSport: “John is a big family man, so I would certainly say China is out. America might be an option, but I’d like to see John stay in the Premier League. I think he’s still got so much to offer.
“No one has mentioned West Ham. They have been conceding goals left, right and centre and John being an East End boy, that might be a nice fit, but whether he’d go to another London club is another question.
“One thing’s for sure, whoever gets him will be getting a proper footballer. I’m sure wherever John goes he will be a force within that side, there’s no two ways about it.”
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has already issued his own response to Terry’s pending departure, and failed to rule out the possibility of a summer swoop.
Terry has made just 10 first-team appearances this season, with Antonio Conte choosing to remain consistent with his preferred three-man centre-back contingent of Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz.
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