By Azeem Siddiqui

30th May, 2022 | 10:10pm

Signing Andriy Lunin could be the perfect move for West Ham

West Ham have been recently linked with a move for Real Madrid’s promising goalkeeper Andriy Lunin in the summer transfer window.

The Ukraine international has found himself as the second choice to Thibaut Courtois for the majority of his career at the Santiago Bernabéu.

The Hammers, who have been looking to sign a goalkeeper for the future campaigns as Lukasz Fabianski is now in his late 30s, are also in for Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal after his loan.

Therefore, making a move for someone as young as Lunin, who has already enjoyed loan spells in La Liga and La Liga 2, respectively, will make a lot of sense for the Irons.

Masterstroke

Andriy Lunin has only made two appearances for Real Madrid so far in his career, both coming this season.

Therefore, you cannot make an honest assessment of his goalkeeping potential during his time with the current European champions.

However, his goalkeeping performances were decent before his time at Real Madrid. At Dnipro, the 23-year-old made 25 appearances and had 10 clean sheets.

In the following season at Zorya Luhansk, Lunin made 36 appearances and had 10 clean sheets.

His finest performances have come in international colours as he was an integral part of the team that won the FIFA U20 World Cup.

He was also awarded the Golden Glove for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Considering Lunin has a good reputation for saving penalties and shots from close range, it could benefit the Hammers.

Against the big teams where West Ham usually sit back and soaks up the pressure, adding someone like Lunin’s shot-stopping skills to frustrate their opponents will definitely going to be an advantage for the London-based club.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are in advanced talks to seal their first major new signing of the summer transfer window.

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