Well, West Ham United managed to keep that one quiet, didn’t they?!
The Hammers announced on their official club website that they have completed the signing of Roberto Jimenez Gago, Roberto to you and I, on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper will join from Espanyol on the 1 July and has signed a two-year contract with the club, who have the option of extending it for a further 12 months.
Although there may be doubts about what role he will be playing with Lukasz Fabianski still at the London Stadium, there cannot be any about the experience and quality Roberto possesses.
He has played for a number of teams throughout his career, with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Zaragoza, Olympiakos and Malaga – where he would have worked with Mario Husillos – before ending up at Espanyol.
The experienced shot-stopper was linked with a move to West Ham last summer, with AS (via Sport Witness) claiming that the Hammers were interested in securing his services.
However, it seems that they finally got their man and it is a great deal for the Irons to complete this summer.
As mentioned, it remains to be seen if he will replace Fabianski as the number one, but one thing that is for certain is that Roberto will provide the Poland international with plenty of much-needed competition, especially following the departure of Adrian (per West Ham’s official club website).
Even if he turns out to be a back-up option, he would be an excellent addition for Manuel Pellegrini to be able to call upon should he ever be required to, whilst being a serious contender in cup competitions could now be on the agenda got for the Hammers.
Although there will have been plenty of surprise regarding the deal, it is one that solves a problem and did not cost a penny out of the transfer budget to complete.
Sounds like a win-win to us!
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