With the summer transfer window soon open for business, West Ham are likely to be one of the teams who do the most business.
Manuel Pellegrini is likely to bolster every area of the pitch with new signings as well as letting players leave the club to make room both in the squad and in the transfer budget and wage bill, and one name likely to walk is goalkeeper Adrian.
The Spanish keeper was at one point one of West Ham’s most important players, but the introduction of Lukasz Fabianski has seen the 32-year-old not play a single minute of Premier League football this season, leading many to believe the shot-stopper will walk this summer.
And according to Football Insider, West Ham already have a replacement lined up in the form of Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who has been impressive in the Premier League this season despite being relegated back down to the Championship with the Blue Birds.
The 29-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League clubs after a solid first season in the English top-flight, and with West Ham in need of a new backup keeper as well as someone who could challenge Fabianski for the number one spot in the starting XI, Etheridge fits the bill perfectly.
Valued at £3.6 million on Transfermarkt, Etheridge would be a bargain signing for the Hammers and will provide the club with two solid goalkeepers, either of which can make a case of being the starting man between the sticks.
Etheridge deserves a move to a bigger club after an impressive debut season in the top-flight, and at West Ham, the Philippines international can lay down a marker to challenge for the number one spot against Fabianski.
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