Hammers close to deal for former England international
Sam Allardyce has given us plenty to talk about in the Football Transfer Tavern over the course of this January transfer window, and according to the Guardian series, he could be about to bring in a former England goalkeeper.
The Hammers are reportedly close to finalising a deal to bring Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson to Upton Park.
The 33-year-old has vast Premier League experience, enjoying long spells as number one at Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and recently Blackburn Rovers.
West Ham United are set to bring him in to provide competition for summer singing Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Robinson won 41 caps for England and was the number one keeper for the 2006 World cup campaign. He announced his international retirement in 2010.
He has made 21 appearances for Rovers this season, but has not played since the 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City on the 7th December 2012 and has since been dislodged by young rookie Jake Kean at Ewood Park.
Allardyce, who worked with Robinson during his ill-fated spell as Blackburn Rovers manager, is hopeful of concluding a deal for the keeper before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tomorrow.
It is understood any move for the former England man would see West Ham’s young Irish goalkeeper Stephen Henderson move in the opposite direction.