Aberdeen ace Lewis Ferguson has been tipped to make a splash in the English Premier League by ex-Celtic star Frank McAvennie.

The former striker believes Ferguson - who has been spoken about as a potential Rangers and Hoops target in recent seasons - could even be the ideal replacement for West Ham's England cap Declan Rice should he up sticks, with Manchester United reportedly in the hunt for his signature.

Ferguson has been outstanding for the Dons this season and, indeed, in the past few campaigns. Having scored nine goals in 16 appearances this term, the midfielder continues to attract attention. Macca believes the 21-year-old nephew of ex-Gers midfielder Barry Ferguson and Ibrox hero Derek Ferguson's son could be the man to head to London to take up Rice's spot.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: "I think Lewis Ferguson will go to the Premier League. “I think Lewis could fill his space. It is like for like. He is a young, energetic player who keeps the ball well, can tackle and he can get forward and score goals.

"I do not want Declan to leave but I would not be annoyed if Lewis Ferguson took his place. I would love to see him at West Ham because he is a fantastic player.

"I do not want Declan Rice to leave but if he was I think Ferguson would be the ideal replacement for him. There has been so much talk about Declan and if he was to go I think the boy Ferguson is ready for the Premier League.

"He is only young and he is a good, tidy player. It is an eye-opener going to England but it would only benefit him."