By Mike Southey

31st May, 2022 | 7:30am

West Ham United ready to pay £7.6million for Alphonse Areola - Fabrizio Romano

West Ham United are ready to pay £7.6million to seal the permanent signing of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian journalist has reported that the buy option clause will finally be triggered for the French international after his successful loan spell last season.

New direct contacts will now begin with agents this week as the Hammers look to get their first major new signing of the summer done early at the London Stadium.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning [31 May], Romano shared the latest as the Irons prepare to sign the Frenchman permanently.

“West Ham are prepared to pay €9million [£7.6million] fee for Alphonse Areola,” he wrote. “Buy option clause is expected to be triggered as West Ham are planning with Areola as goalkeeper.

“New direct contact with his agents will take place this week.”

Get it done.

This will be a brilliant start to the summer.

With Lukasz Fabianski being tied down to a new contract and Areola arriving permanently, David Moyes has some of the best options available in the goalkeeping department of any Premier League club.

David Martin leaving and freeing up his wages opens the door for this deal to be done with ease, and also the chance for a young goalkeeper to step up and take that third choice spot.

This was the easy deal to complete this summer, and now Rob Newman and Moyes must move on to improving the depth available in the squad given we are in Europe again next season.

Defence, midfield and attack – everywhere needs strengthening so it was key we didn’t pay over the odds for Areola to Paris Saint-Germain and that looks to have been completed successfully.

We can’t stop there, here’s to more signings hopefully.

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