Dean Ashton wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic at West Ham

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Ex-West Ham striker Dean Ashton feels that signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be a no-brainer.

Speaking to 888.com, Dean Ashton has urged former club West Ham United to mark their first season at the Olympic Stadium with the marquee signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The legendary Swedish striker is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain this summer and the 34-year-old, who turns 35 in October, is expected to leave the French capital.

He has been linked with a move to the Irons, and the striker's agent, Mino Raiola, last week confirmed that a host of English clubs have 'knocked on his door' with regards to enquiries about his client (The Mirror).

Speculation was fuelled further when the Hammers' co-chairman David Sullivan told talkSPORT that he would love to sign the former Barcelona man, and although Ashton acknowledges that his wage demands would be anything but cheap, the former striker says the investment would swiftly pay dividends in the form of goals and lots of them.

"I’m pretty sure every West Ham fan would love to see Ibrahimovic come to the Olympic Stadium. I know there have been rumours, and what a signing he would be," he told 888.com.

"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.”

Ibrahimovic, who has netted a whopping 39 times in all competitions this season, has more or less proven himself a prolific goalscorer in every elite division in Europe with the exception of Germany and England.

He would be free, but it remains to be seen if West Ham could afford his massive wages, unless he agrees to a paycut which, given that he is in the twilight of his career, seems unlikely.

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