According to RMC Sport, West Ham United are in a strong position to sign Paris-Saint Germain shot stopper Alphonse Areola as talks continue between the two clubs.
The Lowdown: West Ham in keeper hunt…
David Moyes, as per recent reports, certainly has his sights set on strengthening between the sticks this summer.
West Ham have apparently lodged an £11 million bid to sign West Bromwich Albion ace Sam Johnstone (Football Insider) alongside the talks for Areola.
Reports of negotiations for the Frenchman emerged as far back as two weeks ago, with RMC now providing the latest.
The Latest: West Ham in strong position…
As per the French news outlet, West Ham are in fact still negotiating with PSG over the player but there’s also a bit of encouraging news.
The Irons believe they are in a ‘strong position’ to sign him this summer and are taking their time over details as a result.
It is claimed an agreement ‘would probably work out for PSG’ and Areola could ‘return to the Premier League’ after spending last season on loan at Fulham.
The Verdict: Not a priority…
Given Lukasz Fabianski recently penned a new deal, keeping him at the London Stadium until the end of 2022, we believe snapping Areola up shouldn’t exactly be a priority for Moyes.
The deadline looms at the end of next month and West Ham are still arguably short of striking options, with Michail Antonio’s injury record certainly proving a concern.
That being said, if West Ham manage to tie up a deal for Areola soon, he could be a really shrewd acquisition as a ‘very aggressive’ keeper who commands his area well – as explained by Scott Parker last campaign (BT Sport).
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