By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

5th Aug, 2022 | 12:40pm

Pundit expects West Ham United to sign left-back who can become a world beater

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…

Frank McAvennie expects West Ham to sign a new left-back before the transfer window shuts, but has warned it may not be a big name that arrives.

The Hammers have been linked with several players for the left side of the pitch, most notably Filip Kostic of Eintracht Frankfurt.

But with the Serbian not convinced by a move to the London Stadium this summer, McAvennie believes that David Moyes will likely use his wealth of knowledge to sign someone that nobody has heard of before turning him into a world beater for the position.

“There’s not somebody that I look at when I look at a team [that interests me],” he told West Ham Zone.

“I think that’s the only position [left-back] West Ham are looking for. They’ve got the striker and I think they’ve got decent players all over the pitch. I don’t know.

You look at the teams that they’re going to be challenging and you look at their defence and you think ‘wow’. They need to get someone in.

“I know that Tierney is out for Arsenal and they’ve got another lad that’s come in, Liverpool have got Andy Robertson who is the best left-back we’ve got. Man United are looking for a left-back because they’re not happy with Shaw apparently. There’s good left-backs out there, but the world is so small now, it’s like a button.

“They can put a name in and they can find out everything, right down to what the guy eats in his diet.

David won’t bring anyone in just for the sake of it. I think he’ll be looking and he’ll have a check on the mentality of the guy who he’s bringing in, he won’t just bring someone in. David will be thorough I would think. There’s still another four weeks to go, so I’m not too disappointed.

“The striker was the big one for me and they’ve got that. He’s had a few weeks to get up to speed with the rest of the team so I’m kind of happy with that.

“All this talk of a big name but David will bring in someone that nobody knows about and all of a sudden he’ll be a world beater. Hopefully that’s what’s going to happen.”

Mawel Cornet is close to a move after undergoing a medical ahead of a move from Burnley, with the club triggering his £17.5m release clause.