By Jason Jones

27th Dec, 2019 | 9:06pm

Mills: West Ham need to strike 'clever deal' to push through flop exit

Roberto will potentially go down as one of the worst signings that West Ham have ever made. 

Only ever meant to be a deputy, the Spaniard was thrust into the limelight when Lukasz Fabianski picked up an injury earlier this season, and it’s fair to say that he struggled.

Howler after howler after howler in the Premier League all but destroyed his reputation in east London, to the point that David Martin, who was initially brought in to make up the numbers in training, took his place in the starting XI.

As such, you would expect the club to look at getting rid of him in January, but given his ailing credibility, it could be that the Irons have to pull some strings to get him out.

And that’s the view of Danny Mills too.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “There will always be someone who takes a gamble, it’s at what level a side is prepared to take that gamble, and on what wage.

“We know the Premier League pay well, so West Ham may need to pull off a clever deal where they pay a little bit of his wages just to get him out.

“Whether that be on loan or maybe to a foreign club, just to get him regular playing football again then go from there.”

At this stage, the sooner the Hammers can get rid of Roberto, the better.

The stopper is so far beyond redemption in east London that hanging on to him would be nothing short of a waste of wages.

Averaging 4.4 saves per game this season, as per Whoscored, he clearly has some talent, but he lacks consistency, and it’s clear that his future lies elsewhere.

In other news, ‘Panto season’ – These West Ham fans react to latest transfer report on 22-year-old.