By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

18th May, 2022 | 2:10pm

James Ward-Prowse not good enough to take West Ham United to next level - Frank McAvennie

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West Ham should think twice about signing James Ward-Prowse this summer because he wouldn’t take them closer to Champions League football, says Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers were linked with a move for the Southampton captain last week, with The Sun claiming David Moyes is interested in bringing him to the London Stadium after a campaign that saw him nominated for the Premier League Player of the Year award.

But after Paul Parker claimed he would likely be worth around £100m to the Saints, McAvennie questioned if he’d be good enough to get the team to the next level outside of his ‘unbelievable’ set-piece ability.

Yeah but listen, free-kicks and corners he’s unbelievable,” he told West Ham Zone.

” I don’t know if he would [make the move]. There’s got to be bigger clubs. I think he’d fit in pretty good at West Ham. I really think he would. He would bring something new to the midfield and attacking bit.

“So, I don’t know what kind of prices or if that’s the kind of player that’s going to kick West Ham on in Europe. Is he that kind of player? I don’t know. Is he the type of player that’s going to kick them on to try and get in the Champions League?

“Look what happened to Tottenham. They’ve moved on, and we knew they would because of the manager. So you need someone to come in. You need quality players, someone who can come in and better them.

“No disrespect to Ward-Prowse but I don’t know if he will. Can you rely on free-kicks and corners? Is he going to better them in open play? I don’t know.”

Ward Prowse would certainly bring something extra to the team, but he’s never played European football throughout his career so seeing him as someone that could help take the club up a level is a big ask.

He’s also be incredibly expensive, considering his standing with Southampton and the fact he signed a new contract last summer so it’s probably one to avoid for the Hammers this time around.

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