By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

16th May, 2023 | 7:10pm

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

West Ham United should try to sign Leicester City star James Maddison ahead of Tottenham this summer with the relegation battle nearing an end.

The Hammers are all but safe after Leicester lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Monday (15 May), sitting six points above the relegation zone with two games to play.

And that means the club can now start planning for their summer transfer window, and Frank McAvennie believes they should be targeting Maddison with the Foxes looking likely to be playing Championship football next season.

When asked which player from the teams he expects to be relegated that we should target, McAvennie was clear with his choice.

“James Maddison. I like Maddison. I like him a lot as a player,” he told West Ham Zone.

“Personally I think he’s pretty good. Is he going to go bigger than West Ham? I don’t know.

“He won’t go to Chelsea. Maddison is going to leave and there are some decent players at Leicester. Some decent players, three or four that could go for decent money. But I think Maddison is the best of the bunch. He could be a player for West Ham.

“He’d choose West Ham over Tottenham. They’ve not got a manager.

“Are you going to sign and then a manager goes in and he might not like you? That’s crazy. I don’t get it. He’s a flair player, some managers don’t like players like that.

“For me he’s a genius on the ball, a really good player. He shouldn’t go to Tottenham, God no.”

Maddison is expected to leave for around £50m this summer with Newcastle also keen admirers.