By Dean White

3rd Jun, 2021 | 6:35am

West Ham Women Expert wants Toni Duggan at Victoria Road

We’re delighted to welcome Michelle Irons as our exclusive West Ham Women’s expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Victoria Road…

Michelle Irons wants to see West Ham sign Toni Duggan ahead of next summer with the England forward leaving Atletico Madrid.

The 29-year-old’s contract at the Spanish club expires in the summer and she’s been strongly linked with a return to the WSL.

Duggan is a proven goalscorer with England and in the WSL and West Ham Zone’s Women expert would love to see her arrive in London to bolster Ollie Harder’s striker options.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, Michelle Irons said: “Toni is a fantastic player and ambassador of the women’s game in this country.

“Her attitude and application are first class and for her to move to another country to play just shows her ability to adapt to a new style.

“She settled in really well in Spain and has been successful over there.

“She would be most welcome at West Ham by the fans as I believe she will slot straight back into the WSL.

“If she comes to us she would be our number one striker and with the loss of Martha Thomas, I think she would score a lot of goals for us she would be my primary target in the transfer market.

“Duggan is exactly what we need but being from the North, I can see her either going back to Man City or Everton.”

According to The Athletic, Everton are working on a deal to sign Duggan, who was born on Merseyside and started her career with the Toffees before joining Manchester City in 2013.

After four years of playing for Man City, Duggan headed to Spain to join Barcelona, where she earned a runners-up medal in the Women’s Champions League.

In 2019, Duggan signed for Atletico but she struggled to score goals this season, netting just once in 24 Primera Division appearances.

While that goalscoring record isn’t something to shout about, West Ham are desperate for someone to bolster their ability to hit the back of the net, especially with it being announced that Thomas is leaving.

In other West Ham Women news, Michelle Irons is baffled by the news of Jack Sullivan’s exit.

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