By Daniel Feliciano

24th May, 2022 | 12:10pm

West Ham United want to sign £20m Nick Pope if Alphonse Areola deal not done

West Ham have identified Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as a transfer target if they can’t agree terms with Alphonse Areola this summer.

The Hammers have an £11m option to turn Areola’s loan move permanent, after the French stopper spent last season on loan at the London Stadium from Paris Saint-Germain.

But despite both parties being keen, there is an issue with his £125,000 per week wages and according to Claret & Hugh the club have already identified England international Pope as an alternative if a deal can’t be done.

According to their report, the terms of the loan saw West Ham paying £100,000 of his wages while the French giants paid the remainder and the goalkeeper is said to be unwilling to take a pay cut on his current terms.

With Areola likely to be number two behind Lukasz Fabianski again next season, the club aren’t willing to pay him that much especially when Pope is available for around £20m on a third of the wages after Burnley’s relegation.

Moyes currently has a preference to keep Areola at the club, but there will come a stage where a decision must be made and it’s possible the boss could change his mind.

Decision

£125,000 per week for anyone is a lot of money to West Ham, but for a number two goalkeeper it’s simply crazy money.

Areola couldn’t displace Fabianski as the number one last season and the Polish international signed a new one-year deal that carries him through for another season, which suggests that he will retain that status for next season.

So for the club to agree to his terms he would either need to become the number one or the club will need to alter their wage structure.

The likelihood is that he could become the number one the following season and it simply is doing business a year early, but Pope provides much better value and has the same upside of doing business early too.

There are several key positions that the club need to address this summer and goalkeeper shouldn’t be too difficult to solve.

If they need the cash for other targets, then a decision needs to be made quickly. Ultimately though, the club should follow the lead of their manager and get in whoever he wants regardless of the monetary value.

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