By Sam Stone

22nd Jun, 2022 | 11:40am

Frank McAvennie slams West Ham United failure to sign striker

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 believes West Ham United’s failure to sign a striker left Michail Antonio hung out to dry towards the end of the 2021/22 season.

According to the print edition of The Mirror [18 June, page 66], The Hammers have pushed forward with their interest in Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis.

However when asked about the 24-year-old Nigerian striker, McAvennie was quick to question why a striker has not been recruited sooner.

“Firstly, I don’t understand why they’ve not bought a striker in before,” he told West Ham Zone.

It’s West Ham we are talking about, it’s London, they could go and attract decent players.

I just don’t get it.

I don’t want them to bring anyone in, it’s going to be someone who can come in and hold their own in the team.

“Michail Antonio dropped off because the boy had been outstanding throughout the first three-quarters of the season.

I know they’re first class or whatever, but travelling to Jamaica and back regularly takes it out of you.”

It does seem that Moyes has stepped up his pursuit of a striker this summer with the Hammers preparing an opening offer for Chelsea’s Armando Broja as reported by The Daily Mail on Tuesday 21 June.

It would not be a surprise to see either Dennis or Broja make the move to the London Stadium this summer.