Former West Ham and Celtic striker Frank McAvennie believes the Hammers should steer clear of making a bid for Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard next month.
Reports suggest that the former Chelsea player will be made available for transfer in January, but McAvennie fears that bringing in the 30-year-old would be a mistake as his recent injury record, combined with his poor form, would make him a bad fit for the club:
“I wouldn’t look too much into that. Good player, a wonderful talent but he’s a bit like Lingard. He left Chelsea and went to Real Madrid and he’s never played. Even when he’s played you’ve never heard of him.”
“It speaks volumes how about how he’s playing. Remember, he went on big money but he’s been injured. For me, you would rather spend £20million on someone else. You shouldn’t bring players in because they’re big names. They’ve got to be good fits in the dressing room.”
Hazard’s move to the Bernabeu has been an unmitigated disaster. Over the past two and a half seasons, fitness problems have limited him to just 57 appearances, but even when he has been fit, he has failed to perform. The Belgian has only managed to rack up five goals and nine assists during his time with Real.
With Irons boss David Moyes looking for hungry, young talent to improve his squad, Hazard would turn the manager’s transfer policy on its head. It may be a player that West Ham would have looked at in the past but not anymore.