Fabrizio Romano: West Ham agree personal terms with Alphonse Areola
West Ham have agreed personal terms with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, according to Fabrizio Romano.
French newspaper L’Equipe has reported that Areola, 28, is set to undergo a medical with the Hammers today (Thursday) ahead of a loan move to the London Stadium with the option for it to be made permanent.
Sky Sports Italy’s Romano added on Twitter that the contract is now set to be signed with “personal terms agreed too”.
Who’s going to leave?
Last month, West Ham announced that goalkeeper David Martin had extended his contract with the club until next year.
He’s been David Moyes’ third-choice goalkeeper behind Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph.
Fabianski, like Martin, will be out of contract next year while Randolph’s contract does not expire until 2023.
One of those three goalkeepers has to leave, otherwise Moyes would go into next season with four shot-stoppers at his disposal including Areola.
Martin, weirdly, is the least likely to leave after only just agreeing a contract extension.
That leaves Fabianski and Randolph. One was our number one last season and the other has the longest left on his contract.
We’d rather see Randolph leave, in all honesty. But getting rid of him could prove more difficult unless he’s sent out on loan, which might be what happens if a Championship club comes calling or another Premier League team needs a new back-up goalkeeper.
Either way, signing a new goalkeeper was not a massive priority but the Hammers have decided to get this deal done anyway instead of a new striker or replacing Jesse Lingard.
We’re happy with Areola, who’s a great goalkeeper. He’s going to be the club’s second signing of the summer after Craig Dawson’s loan deal was turned into a permanent one.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers want to sign this available flyer who was born in London.