Football.London’s Sam Inkersole reckons that Alphonso Areola is better than Lukasz Fabianski.
With the 35-year-old about to go into his final season at the London Stadium, David Moyes is already planning and looking to add another face to his goalkeeping department.
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Earlier this week, the Hammers saw a bid rejected for West Brom’s Sam Johnstone, but with his deal expiring next summer, the Londoners aren’t expected to return with a second offer, meaning their attention will now turn to Areola.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are in talks with the Frenchman over a season-long loan deal, in what would see him make a switch return to the capital having spent last term with Fulham.
Despite their relegation, the £147,000-per-week stopper made 36 appearances in the Premier League, keeping an impressive nine clean sheets, including at Anfield, Goodison Park and the King Power Stadium as Scott Parker’s men proved a tough nut to crack.
Areola has spent his entire career with PSG but has enjoyed high-profile loan spells with both Real Madrid and Villarreal before his Premier League switch.
Asked whether the 28-year-old would be an improvement on Fabianski, Inkersole told The Transfer Tavern:
“He’s younger and Fabianski is not getting any younger. I think it would be an upgrade, but I don’t know whether Fabianski would be happy to be back-up during his final season, but if you’re bringing in the likes of Areola, he’s not going to be on small wages.
“So, it would be a delicate balancing act for Moyes if he does get Areola in, which I believe will be on loan first with an obligation at the end of it.”
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