Report - West Ham keen on £27m-rated goalkeeper Pau Lopez
West Ham have made enquires ahead of a potential move for Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez, according to Calcio Mercato.
The 25-year-old only signed for the Serie A club last July, and has featured 36 times across all competitions.
Despite that, the report suggests that the continental side are considering a change between the sticks this summer, and would be willing to sell the Spaniard.
The stopper wouldn’t come cheap, however.
Roma would be hoping to make profit on the player as they look to fund the pursuit for his replacement.
Having paid around £21.2 million for him 12 months ago, it is understood that they would be seeking a fee closer to £27 million.
The Hammers aren’t the only side with an interest, either, with Newcastle United named as another potential suitor in the race for his signature.
Lopez previously had a season-long loan spell with Tottenham Hotspur in 2016/17, but failed to make a single appearance for the club.
West Ham already have a wonderfully reliable goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski, but the Pole is 35 now, and a replacement will have to be found sooner rather than later.
Whether Lopez is that player is a matter of debate, however.
The Spaniard has made fewer saves per 90 minutes than Fabianski this season, and has made 5% fewer requiring sharp reflexes, as per Wyscout.
He also makes 2.7% fewer accurate long passes too.
Of course, Fabianski is an exemplary talent, but we can’t help feeling that if we’re bringing in a keeper for £27 million, we want him to be a noticeable improvement on the veteran.
In short, this would be an expensive deal when the likelihood is that we could get somebody just as promising for a whole lot cheaper.
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