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11th Apr 2016

West Ham cult hero thinks Hammers can tempt Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Premier League

Could it be?

Kevin Beirne

This Premier League season has been the most unpredictable in years.

Leicester have somehow fired their way to the top of the table, while Spurs appear to have finally found a way to stop Spursing things up.

But one team who have flown under the radar is West Ham, who are currently knocking in the door of the top four spots, with Manchester City’s Champions League spot just four points out of reach.

The Hammers will see their capacity crowd almost double whent they move to the Olympic Stadium next season, and if they were able to couple that with Champions League football, it could attract some big names according to former striker Dean Ashton.

You can read the full 888sport interview with Dean Ashton here, as Ashton specifically highlighted the biggest name he hoped Slaven Bilic could get his hands on – Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

“I’m pretty sure every West Ham fan would love to see Ibrahimovic come to the Olympic Stadium,” he said. “I know there have been rumours and what a signing he would be. He brings experience and flair, and he’s the type of player West Ham fans love who can produce something from nothing. He would be incredible.

“Of course money is a factor with his age, but it’s not as if you buy Ibrahimovic and he’s going to flop. He’s just not that type of player. He has already shown he doesn’t need lightning pace, he can just drop back and lead the play and he still scores so many goals. It would be worth a gamble in terms of wages to get him at any club and there will be five or six Premier League clubs trying to sign him in the summer.”


Speaking exclusively to 888sport, the former West Ham striker also opens up about his recent acrobatic finish during Mark Noble’s testimonial.

“It was great to be asked to honour Mark Noble’s career, but the side thing for me was to be able to produce something like that at West Ham in front of a full house and my kids who have never seen me play. That was special,” he said. “My eight-year-old absolutely loves football and I constantly tell him that I used to be a decent player but he never believes me. Finally he gets it, that I wasn’t a bad player.”

But it’s not just about showing his son, as Ashton says he was amazed by the overwhelmingly positive response he got to the goal:

“Having retired before all the social media side of it I’ve been really surprised by the messages I’ve had saying what a good player I was and that I would have had a great career. Things like that are just really nice.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Dean Ashton here, including why he thinks Rooney must start for England.