Craig Burley predicts why Ibrahimovic will snub West Ham, sends reminder to Sullivan

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Craig Burley thinks West Ham have 5% chance of signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Pundit Craig Burley has told ESPN that he thinks striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will snub a move to West Ham United during the summer transfer window.

Ibrahimovic, 34, has long been known as one of the greatest strikers in world football, having turned out for Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and now Paris Saint-Germain, racking up a stunning 377 goals in 666 club games, adding another 62 goals in 111 games for the Swedish national team.

The giant 6ft 5in striker has racked up 13 league titles over his career, establishing himself as a world class centre forward capable of conjuring up moments of magic - and his future with PSG is in doubt, given that his contract in the French capital expires at the end of the season.

Some of the world's biggest clubs are interested, yet bizarrely, West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has been quoted by Sky Sports as saying that he would love to bring Ibrahimovic to the club upon their move to the Olympic Stadium this summer, but only if the Hammers - currently fifth in the Premier League - qualify for next season's Champions League.

Many pundits have been suggesting that Ibrahimovic would be a remarkable signing for West Ham, but ESPN's Craig Burley has stated that there is next to no chance of the Swede arriving in East London this summer.

Burley also reminded Sullivan that there are plenty of Champions League clubs who are looking to land Ibrahimovic this summer, and signing for a team like West Ham may be beneath Zlatan.

"He's correct [that West Ham should target players of Zlatan's quality if they qualify for the Champions League], and they're moving to the Olympic Stadium and all that comes with it, but there are other teams in the Champions League Mr. Sullivan, you might have forgot," said Burley.

"They're quite big clubs, and I think that Zlatan will feel that West Ham are beneath him, bearing in mind that this guy does quite like himself. A team that scrapes into the Champions League I don't think is going to be something on his radar, so I'm giving this a 5% chance of happening," he added.

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