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Reporter expects West Ham to sign Alphonse Areola and not Sam Johnstone

Reporter expects West Ham to sign Alphonse Areola and not Sam Johnstone - West Ham Transfer Rumours

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.

Which goalkeeper should West Ham sign?

Alphonse Areola

Alphonse Areola

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone

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 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.

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“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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