By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

17th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

West Ham United told to sign Celtic star Josip Juranovic amid £7m transfer bid from Monza

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 should try to sign Celtic star Josip Juranovic after it was reported that he was closing in on a £7m move to Monza, according to the Daily Mail (9 January).

The Croatian right-back was one of the stand-out performers in the World Cup as they finished third in the tournament, and the 27-year-old has since been linked with a move away from Celtic Park.

With Vladimir Coufal struggling for form and David Moyes clinging on to his job as manager, Frank McAvennie believes Juranovic would be “different class” if he made the move to east London.

“I think he would be different class at West Ham,” he told West Ham Zone.

“I honestly think as a right-back I’ve not seen anything better than him for a while, as a right-back. We’ve just seen what he did at the World Cup.

“He was excellent. He’s one of these players who can defend as well as go forward. There are a lot of players in England who can go forward but they can’t defend. He can do both. He’s got a great engine.

“I don’t think he should play (for Celtic). I know I thought he should come in, but after last weekend I thought he was getting caught, he got under the ball. I know he was playing left-back but he shouldn’t be doing that.

“If he was to go to West Ham I think it would be a great signing. I think it would be great. He would love it down there, the fans would love him too because he’s one of them players who doesn’t hold back.

“Coufal isn’t doing it. He got a chance, but once again. Dawson’s going, Antonio’s going apparently. So there’s a few of them.

“Bringing in Juranovic would be a great start to business for West Ham. It would be nice to bring him in because I like him.