Speculation surrounding the summer destination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hitting fever pitch of late with many believing the Swedish giant is Premier League bound. With Arsenal’s desperate need for a world class striker they remain clear favourites to secure his coveted signature but according to former Hammer Dean Ashton, speaking exclusively to 888Sport this week, there may yet be a spectacular twist in the tail with West ham swooping in and pairing up Ibra with Dimitri Payet next season in a forward line that would have the fans drooling in anticipation.

Read the full 888sport interview with Ashton here including why he thinks Rooney must start for England at the upcoming Euros which may go against popular opinion with Vardy presently on fire but is typical straight-talking from the retired ace. On Ibrahimovic he is even more forthcoming…

“Any team that makes the Champions League suddenly has doors opened and the chance to attract big names and the attraction of playing in a new stadium as well would pull players in. They will have the money to spend and bolster the squad and then really have a go at the Champions League and it would be such a story if that happens especially with moving at the same time. “

“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 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.”

2015/16 has been an outstanding campaign for Slaven Bilic’s men. According to a club legend next year might be even better.