West Ham number one Adrian has welcomed the potential signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic after club co-owner David Sullivan recently confirmed the Hammers interest in securing the services of the Paris Saint Germain striker.
The keeper believes that the arrival of the Swedish international - following Dimitri Payet's similar move to east London last summer - would be a new declaration of the club's intentions to keep growing, amid speculation linking the striker with other Premier League giants, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The 34-year-old star confirmed earlier this week that some English clubs have already expressed their interest in luring him to the Premier League in the summer as he prepares to become a free-agent. Reports have since claimed that United, Chelsea and Arsenal could be tempted to make a move for the coveted striker star while West Ham co-owner later revealed that the Hammers are also ready to join the race.
"We have a list of about 10 strikers all over Europe, and most of our money will go into signing a striker," Sullivan told TalkSport. "That is the plan for next season. I'd love Ibrahimovic from PSG, but whether he'd come to us I don't know. I know he's 34 but he's a fantastic player."
Adrian has now claimed that the PSG star will also be welcomed in the dressing room, while comparing his potential move to the one made by current teammate Payet during the last summer transfer window.
"He's a great player, a star who has won titles everywhere. If he comes to add (something extra to the team) he will be welcomed," the keeper said to Spanish news agency EFE, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo. "This season arrived Dimitri Payet and it is very nice that players of that level come (to West Ham). If the president is aiming to reach those levels, is great."
Adrian hopes West Ham could tempt Ibrahimovic to move to London by securing a place in the next Champions League, with his side currently sat in fifth position of the Premier League table, just one point behind Manchester City and one place short of qualification for next year's European championship.
"If it was not for Leicester we would be the Premier League revelation this season. We are one point away from the Champions League with eight games to go and we have to push until the end. Hopefully we can get it," Adrian added. "Furthermore, we are in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup and we have a replay at home against Manchester United, which is always nice. For the club would be very nice to play the final."
Meanwhile, Adrian could also soon see a new compatriot moving to West Ham. The agent of Valencia starlet Toni Martinez told IBTimes UK on Tuesday (March 29) that the 18-year-old striker is expected to complete a move to the Hammers before the end of the week. Yet, the Spanish starlet would join the Under 21 side before having a chance to breakthrough into Slaven Bilic's first-team.