By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

23rd Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

Frank McAvennie reacts as West Ham linked to Burnley captain Ben Mee

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Frank McAvennie suggests Burnley centre-back Ben Mee is the perfect fit for West Ham as they seek to replace the stricken Angelo Ogbonna.

Claret & Hugh recently reported [13/11/21] that the Irons are weighing up a cut-price January swoop for Mee, 32, after Ogbonna’s recent anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 33-year-old Italian is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2021/22 campaign, and Clarets captain Mee could be available for a knock-down fee with his contract expiring next summer.

Ex-Irons star McAvennie believes David Moyes needs to sign another centre-back to cover for Ogbonna.

“I think you’ve got to because I don’t know if [Craig] Dawson’s legs can take it every week, I’m not sure,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone. “You need a replacement.

“Ben Mee is established, he’s still playing in the Premier League so yeah, why wouldn’t they?

“He’s West Ham’s kind of player. He likes to put a tackle in, which is great.”

Dependable

Mee started his career at Manchester City but has spent the majority of his senior career with Burnley, changing position from left-back to centre-back.

He has made over 200 Premier League appearances for Sean Dyche’s side as well as claiming two Champions promotions with the Clarets.

As short-term deputies go he would represent a smart move, and as a left-footed defender, perfectly replaces Ogbonna to keep the balance in the centre of defence.

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