By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

24th May, 2022 | 6:10pm

Frank McAvennie believes Ollie Watkins would have same West Ham United success as Jesse Lingard

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Frank McAvennie is in full support of West Ham United signing reported transfer target Ollie Watkins and thinks he’d do as well as Jesse Lingard.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that the club believe they have a “strong chance” of landing the Aston Villa striker, who scored 11 Premier League goals this season, as they continue to look for a striker to support Michail Antonio.

And former Irons forward McAvennie thinks it would be bring in a similar player to Manchester United attacker and ex-loan star Lingard who scored nine times in 16 games last season, although his scepticism of the club’s ownership makes him wonder if it will actually happen.

“Listen, Antonio’s not been scoring. He’s not been doing well,he told West Ham Zone.

“I think Watkins coming in is the same as when Lingard came in. He’s the same sort of level it did wonders [for him].

“I think Watkins should have gone there before he went to Aston Villa.

“I wouldn’t be too upset about that [him signing], because he can play a number of different positions up front.

“And he’s a good player. Aston Villa have had their problems haven’t they? But I think he’s a good player.

“I think they if buy him, buy two quality players, I think that’d be enough.

“Another two quality signings would be tremendous.

“Do I think we’ll get it? No. 

“Finger’s crossed.”

Antonio has had to lead the line alone for so long he won’t know what’s going if the club finally provide some support for him.

There’s no way of knowing whether the Europa League run could have gone the extra mile if they’d had some striking help like Watkins.

The England international was the Villains’ record-signing when he moved from Brentford for £33million, so he is certain not to be cheap, but he has proven himself to be able to operate in the top flight and if the board are serious about spending the money they keep offering elsewhere they could do a lot worse than the 26-year-old.

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