Carlton Cole has urged West Ham to move for unhappy Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Cole is a former player for both clubs.
“If he was to come to West Ham, I’d welcome him with open arms,” Cole told Bookmakers.co.uk. “He would be the perfect person to lead that front line.
“We’ve got Michail Antonio there, who is a top player, but Tammy could come in and challenge for that place and that’s what West Ham need, there’s no one to challenge Antonio. Tammy would be perfect.
“I’ve always liked a technical big striker and he could be the ideal fit for West Ham because they can play a bit of football this team, and he’d fit straight in, especially if we can keep [Jesse] Lingard.”
Abraham has found himself behind Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Kai Havertz in Tuchel’s striker hierarchy and Cole – who swapped Chelsea for West Ham in 2006, aged 22 – believes Abraham is now at a crossroads in his career.
“With Tammy, I think he’s one of those players who needs an arm around him,” he continued.
“He needs the people around him to believe in him and he will perform if he gets that.
“When you look at his career to date, he’s done fantastic. I wouldn’t compare him to myself because he’s taken advantage of his chances at Chelsea much better than I did.
“He had a good run last season when they had to play the youth and he done well, but now he has to figure out what he wants to do with his career.
“Does he want to go somewhere and be the main man? Does he want to go to Aston Villa for example, and be their top striker? I know they like him there.
“He could go somewhere and be the focal point of an attack, a proper first choice striker with no squad rotation, like Didier Drogba used to be for Chelsea.
“He’s got to look at his career and his life at this point and think about where he wants to go with it. Does he want to stay with the big team or move on and make a name for himself and be a stalwart in the England setup?”