Former West Ham player Alvin Martin revealed that he would back Beşiktaş manager Slaven Bilic replacing Sam Allardyce in the summer.
Allardyce’s contract runs out at the end of the season and the 60 year old head coach is expected to part ways with the club.
“I wouldn’t rule Slaven out. He’s been round the game for a while now. He’s proved he could do it at international level and club level in difficult circumstances,” Martin said speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on TalkSport.
“I know him. He’s a highly intelligent and highly motivated individual. I think he would be absolutely perfect for us [West Ham].
“Slaven is the outstanding candidate for me.”
Bilic spent 18 months at the West Ham as a player and enjoyed managerial stints in charge of the Croatian national team and Spartak Moscow before joining Beşiktaş.
The Black Eagles suffered a blow in the title race following a 1-1 draw against Akhisar on Thursday 14 May.
Beşiktaş are still in the Süper Lig title race and Bilic has stated that he does want to stay at the club next season and see out the rest of his contract.
The Istanbul giants take on Konyaspor next in the league on Monday 18 May.