By Saikat Mandal

24th Jan, 2023 | 1:30pm

AFC Bournemouth in talks with West Ham United to sign Darren Randolph

AFC Bournemouth are in talks to sign West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph in the January window, according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

The 35-year-old goalkeeper has only six months left on his present deal at the club, and he could leave the Hammers permanently this month.

Should he leave, he will become the second major exit for the London club, after Craig Dawson left the club this month to join Wolves.

“Bournemouth in talks with West Ham United over the permanent signing of keeper Darren Randolph. Randolph has entered final six months of his contract and will provide competition for Mark Travers & Neto,” wrote Sheth on Twitter.

Likely

Randolph is a vastly experienced goalkeeper but he has not played much for the Hammers since joining from Middlesbrough in 2019. 

In four years of stay at the club, he has managed only 10 appearances. He is approaching the fag end of his career, although goalkeepers do tend to have a long career. 

It is his second spell at the club. In his first spell, he joined Hammers from Birmingham City and made 42 appearances for the club over two seasons. 

He enjoyed his best spell at Motherwell, Birmingham and Boro, and will look to get some minutes for Bournemouth as well. 

In his long career, he has made 462 appearances in all competitions, and it appears that his time at the Hammers is truly coming to an end. 

David Moyes has two quality goalkeepers in Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonso Areola. However, Fabiasnki is 37 years of age, and the club must look to bring in a top-quality goalkeeper in his position. 

However, adding a new goalkeeper is not an immediate priority for Moyes, and the Hammers can wait until summer to find proper replacements.