Sam Inkersole has revealed West Ham United are prioritising a deal for former Fulham loanee Alphonse Areola rather than continuing to pursue West Bromwich Albion shot-stopper Sam Johnstone.
Hammers boss David Moyes is looking to draft in a new first-choice goalkeeper as Lukasz Fabianski enters the final year of his £65,000-per-week contract.
West Ham have been strongly linked with making a move for Johnstone, who was one of England’s back-up goalkeepers during their run to the Euro 2020 final.
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However, it now appears Moyes has turned his attentions to Paris Saint-Germain and France custodian Areola, who made 37 appearances for Fulham last season.
Reports suggest West Ham are looking to negotiate a season-long loan move with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, which would coincide with Fabianski’s time at the London Stadium coming to an end.
While football.london reporter Inkersole feels it would be a shrewd piece of business, he fears it will be difficult to keep Areola and Fabianski happy.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, Inkersole said: “Lukasz Fabianski has not exactly been a terrible goalkeeper for West Ham. He’s only got one year left on his deal so maybe they are planning for the future.
“Sam Johnstone is a homegrown player, which is dime a dozen in the transfer window. Clubs want to find homegrown players.
“But I think Areola looks like the one which is going to be more likely to get done. He’s a very good goalkeeper and it would be a very good move for West Ham but I would be interested to see how he dovetails with Fabianski and who plays when.”
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