By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

30th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Pundit wants West Ham United to sign Lewis Ferguson, Scotland ace shining abroad this season

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West Ham United should be looking to sign Bologna midfielder Lewis Ferguson to bolster their midfield, according to Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers sit just one point above the relegation zone after 15 games played this season, having lost nine of them with several key players struggling for form.

And after signing Lucas Paqueta in the summer, the former Scotland striker has named a fellow countryman as the ideal candidate to come into the squad and potentially replace Declan Rice.

“Soucek’s been off the boil so I’m hoping he gets a wee rest and comes back refreshed,” he told West Ham Zone.

“I think the Brazilian coming in [Paqueta], he’s the man. I don’t think we’ll miss Declan as much with him being fit and in the middle. I think we’ll miss him, any team would miss him.

But I think him coming in, getting somebody in beside him [would be best].

“I always said that I like the boy Lewis Ferguson, he’s in Italy now. He’s doing very well. The same kind of player as Declan. He’s a big boy, strong, he’s got legs and can run.

“It’s a player like that, that we need. The young boy coming through is going to make a name for himself. The fans will love him.

“I don’t know who David would go for but he must know of the boy Lewis, and I think he could make it now. He’s shown you what he’s capable of.

“He done well at Aberdeen and now he’s doing well for Bologna, in the first-team scoring goals. It takes a lot of balls to go over there in the first place. Fair play to the boy. He’ll play in the Premiership at some point.

“Whether he could come in and take Declan’s place at the moment I don’t know but he’s that kind of player. I’m sure David Moyes will have his eyes on him.

“I think the Brazilian is the man you’ve got to keep fit. Him and Scamacca have got a wee understanding and then he got injured, then Scamacca lost a wee bit of form. So that could be an interesting partnership.”