By Sam Stone

23rd Jun, 2022 | 2:47pm

Frank McAvennie: West Ham United move for Leeds winger Raphinha a good fit

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 that Leeds United winger Raphinha would be a good fit at West Ham United, but insists players must leave the London Stadium first.

It had been reported by 90min on Wednesday 22 June, that West Ham remain in the hunt for the Brazilian attacker despite intense interest from a vast swathe of Premier League sides.

However, 90min also suggested that the 25-year-old winger would still consider a move to the London Stadium, and McAvennie believes he would be a good fit.

“I think so, I think he’d be a good fit to replace Vlasic,” he told West Ham Zone

When he [Vlasic] gets a game he’s not setting the world on fire and I think sometimes you’ve got to move on when that happens.

“It didn’t work for whatever reason and move on

“You’ve got to get players out before you can bring players in and I would like to see them do it now than before they come back”

“West Ham need to keep any move out the papers before the job is done.

“Too many times the news hits the papers and someone else comes in and buys him.”

A move for Raphinha will be an ambitious pursuit by David Moyes and would certainly display the Hammers ambition.

However, with a host of top six clubs chasing the Brazilian a move to the London Stadium does seem unlikely at present.

Although stranger things have happened.