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Landing this £3.15m-rated West Brom ace would strengthen West Ham’s European challenge next term

West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Champions League chasing Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, thus falling just three points clear of the relegation zone.

David Moyes’ men went into their meeting with the in-form Reds off the back of a vital 2-0 success over Watford in their previous league encounter, a result which moved the East London outfit up to 12th in the table and thus putting some distance between themselves and the bottom three. Yet that gap stands at just three points now as goals from Emre Can, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane secured a routine win for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Michail Antonio’s second half response all the travelling Hammers fans had to cheer on a disappointing afternoon on Merseyside.

Subsequently, there have been many despondent West Ham fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are already forgetting about Saturday’s thumping and instead turning their attentions towards a crucial relegation six-pointer at Swansea City this weekend.

Nonetheless, some of our resident Hammers supporters are beginning to think about who their team could land in the summer to take the club to the next level, should they remain in the top-flight, and one side many feel they should raid is West Brom, whose 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday all but consigns them to a season in the Championship.

And one man they must seek to lure to the London Stadium is goalkeeper Ben Foster, who has been one of a select few Baggies players to have performed well this season, and will certainly be looking to stay in the Premier League such is his undoubted ability.

Ultimately, the 34-year-old has played a vital part in West Brom’s success over the last six years or so, keeping 54 clean sheets and conceding just 296 goals in his 213 appearances for the club, including being an ever-present in their run to tenth place under Tony Pulis last term.

To underline his efforts for the Baggies, Foster has won three Player of the Year awards during his time at the Hawthorns, and while this season isn’t going to plan for Alan Pardew’s side, the England international has still produced several impressive displays between the sticks to further emphasise his Premier League quality.

And it’s this Premier League quality which could seriously benefit West Ham next season, a campaign in which Moyes and his side will hope to challenge for a top seven place, and thus potentially a spot in Europe.

Adrian remains a very good goalkeeper and has certainly done a job for the East London outfit over the years, yet Foster is arguably a better shot-stopper, and has performed to a more consistent standard over a greater length of time.

And with Joe Hart highly unlikely to make his move permanent this summer, Moyes may seek to bring more Premier League experience and ability to his goalkeeping department this summer – Foster has both in abundance.

And with the league being so tight – West Ham themselves are currently just seven points adrift of seventh place Burnley – a goalkeeper of the calibre of Foster could make a telling difference and earn them the points needed to climb the table, and possibly secure a European place.

And with the Baggies’ stay in the top-flight looking to be at an end, landing the £3.15 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is something the Hammers simply must do this summer to enhance their European chances next season.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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