By Dean White

29th Jul, 2021 | 9:56am

West Ham could be set to sign Alphonse Areola - ExWHUemployee

West Ham “could be set complete” the signing of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a loan-to-buy basis, according to ExWHUemployee.

Writing on his Patreon page on Thursday, the reliable Hammers insider revealed he has been told by one of his sources at the London Stadium that the Irons have finally opted for Areola, 28, over West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.

Areola spent last season on loan at Fulham when they were relegated for the Premier League but it now seems he’s on his way back to London to compete with Lukasz Fabianski for the number one spot at West Ham.

Finally, a breakthrough

While we’re not sure how long it will take for West Ham to actually wrap this deal up because Areola will presumably have to jet into England, self-isolate and undergo a medical, it’s encouraging to see some progress being made.

West Ham have made one senior signing since the end of last season and that was simply turning Craig Dawson’s loan deal into a permanent one.

We’ve need to add fresh faces to the squad and Areola will be one.

He’s a good goalkeeper he’s approaching his prime and with Fabianski in the final year of his contract, it makes sense to get someone new in.

But is signing a new goalkeeper as important as adding strength in depth and quality to the outfield options? Absolutely not.

West Ham have chased Jesse Lingard all summer to no avail and no replacement has been found for the England attacker, who seems set to stay at Manchester United.

Has David Moyes signed a replacement for Sebastien Haller yet? Nope.

What happened to the money gained from selling Haller? What about the money for qualifying for the Europa League group stages and finishing sixth in the Premier League?

It’s getting worrying now.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers want to sign this available flyer who was born in London.

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