By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

21st Jan, 2022 | 1:20pm

Pundit wants West Ham to sign Raphinha after what Leeds United ace did to Cresswell

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Frank McAvennie wants to see Raphinha sign for West Ham after the Leeds United star made Aaron Cresswell look back last weekend.

Raphinha, 25, impressed as the Yorkshire club won 3-2 at the London Stadium on Sunday [16 January].

While he didn’t score, the Brazil international assisted one of Jack Harrison’s three goals and regularly had the better of Irons left-back Cresswell, 32, throughout the game.

Cresswell returned from injury against Norwich last week before he was named to start against Leeds and McAvennie feels the left-back wasn’t up to speed based on his performance.

However, the ex-striker can understand why Cresswell may have struggled when he was up against the in-form Raphinha.

[Cresswell] came back and you could tell he was injured,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“I don’t know what his injury was but he was a bit hesitant against Raphinha when he got the ball.

“But listen, you would be hesitant against him because he’s a brilliant player.

“Raphinha is a player I’d like to see at West Ham. He’s a good player.”

Raphinha has been linked with top clubs in the Premier League and across Europe with Liverpool, Chelsea [Daily Star] and Bayern Munich [TNT Sports] among those in contention to sign him.

However, Leeds are reportedly in talks to get Raphinha tied down to a new contract.

The Daily Star reported on 21 January that the Brazil international currently earns £55,000-a-week at Elland Road but Leeds want him to be their top earner and get a new contract worth £100,000-a-week.

In other West Ham news, Kaveh Solhekol dropped a major Hammers transfer update on Sky Sports News on Wednesday.

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