By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

26th Jun, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a 'no brainer' signing for West Ham United

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be a “no brainer” signing for West Ham this summer after he was linked with a move away from Liverpool.

That’s according to ex-Hammers striker Frank McAvennie, who believes the former England international would bring great depth in the attacking areas of the squad as well as in midfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who won the Premier League with Liverpool in 2020, is available for just £10m this summer according to The Mirror [May 25] and with David Moyes’ side linked with a move McAvennie thinks he could help the team off the pitch as much as on it.

I think he’d be a great signing,” he told West Ham Zone. “I like him as a player.

“If they can get him, he’s a good player honestly. And he can play right across and in-behind the striker. He’s got enough energy to play as a striker as well.

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“He can come from deep, I’m sure he could lead that line. I’ve not seen him do it, but looking at the player nobody would’ve said Antonio could do that. He’s turned into one of the best now, so I would think Oxlade-Chamberlain.. for me, it’s a no-brainer.

For me he’s a good player and it’s the kind of player we’re talking about, where Declan [Rice] would say yeah it’s good. He’s a good signing. Because it’s an improvement you know.

A couple of games David has had to bring in young boys, and not saying they’re not going to be good but at the moment you need like-for-like to come in and kick them on. To keep them in that challenge.

I remember last year Declan got injured for a few games and they just weren’t the same. So I think if you get players like for like, then it’s only good for West Ham.

Rice has attracted interest from some of the countries top clubs and while the Hammers are adamant he won’t leave this summer, he’ll have just two years left on his contract next summer.

Big signings could help to convince him to renew his deal at the London Stadium though, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is certainly a player who fits the bill with his CV.