Bournemouth want to sign Darren Randolph from West Ham United in January
Bournemouth want to sign West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph before the January transfer window, according to Football London.
Randolph is a former Republic of Ireland international but is currently third choice at the London Stadium behind Lukasz Fabianski and Alphonse Areola.
And after recalling young goalkeeper Joseph Anang from his loan spell at Derby County, Randolph could be on his way to the south coast as they battle with West Ham to secure their Premier League safety.
“While Anang has come back to the club, one goalkeeper linked away from the London Stadium is former Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph,” they wrote (23 January).
“football.london understands that Premier League rivals Bournemouth have expressed an interest in signing the 35-year-old this month. However, it is no more than interest at this stage.”
West Ham don’t need to worry about keeping Randolph around at the club, and the fact that it’s a rival that is showing interest shouldn’t matter too much.
The 35-year-old isn’t going to get a kick at the London Stadium so won’t aid our survival bid in any way, shape or form, but he also won’t be going to Bournemouth to start either.
Currently Mark Travers and ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Neto are the number one and two at the Vitality Stadium, so Randolph is likely to be going in to provide extra cover for them.
Even if he did get on the pitch, it would probably do West Ham a favour because they would be far weaker with him on the pitch as he just isn’t that good these days.
If we can get a small fee for him it would be good business and no skin off our noses either, so the board should definitely consider it should Bournemouth make their interest concrete with a bid.