By Joe Ellis

26th Jun, 2022 | 10:40am

West Ham United complete Alphonse Areola deal, confirmation on Monday

West Ham United have agreed to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The French international spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at the London Stadium and played a major part in the epic run to the Europa League semi-finals.

West Ham themselves have not yet confirmed the deal to sign the 29-year-old but according to Romano, via his personal Twitter account, that announcement is due to arrive on Monday.

“Matter of time for the announcement of Alphonse Areola staying at West Ham on a permanent deal,” Romano said. “It’s fully agreed with Paris Saint-Germain and player side.”

This deal has been close to completion for some time with Romano reporting on 25 June that final details between the two clubs were being discussed after personal terms were agreed.

Number One

We need a central defender so we went out and bought Nayef Aguerd. We also knew we needed a goalkeeper so now we’ve gone and dealt with that too.

This is the kind of intent we need to keep up throughout this summer transfer window with methodical but relatively swift moves to solve our issues one at a time.

Areola should come back to the club and hopefully be our number one in the Premier League now as we need to move on from Lukasz Fabianski at the ripe old age of 37.

Next on Moyes’ transfer hitlist needs to be a central midfielder to provide backup for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek before we then look to see if we can bring in a new left-back with only Aaron Cresswell a natural on that side.

Let’s not forget our need for a striker too which is something we should have sorted in the January window but that absolutely must be resolved this summer with no excuses whatsoever.