Writing on Twitter, Italian journalist Gianluigi Longari has made a West Ham United transfer claim involving Sweden international and AS Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
The Lowdown: West Ham eye new goalkeepers?
Despite current number one Lukasz Fabianski recently signing a contract extension at the club, West Ham have still been tipped to target new goalkeepers this summer.
The Hammers have mainly been linked to West Bromwich Albion shot stopper Sam Johnstone as they scour the market for Fabianski’s long term replacement.
The Poland international, 36, has entered the twilight phase of his career and West Ham will need to start thinking about who may be his rightful heir.
The Latest: West Ham now want Olsen…
Longari, writing on his social media, has now claimed that West Ham are one of the clubs eyeing Sweden international Olsen – with the ace impressing at times over Euro 2020.
Indeed, the journalist says the Irons, Real Sociedad and Lille are among the clubs contemplating a move this summer.
“Confirmation of strong interest in Robin Olsen of the Roma,” explained Longari (via Twitter).
“More polls concerning West Ham and Lille which, however, could focus on Leo Jardim as a starter next season.”
The Verdict: Good option?
Despite finding game time severely limited whilst on loan at Everton over 2020/2021, with the 31-year-old starting just seven Premier League matches, Olsen has perhaps emerged as a good depth option depending on the price.
He enjoyed a fine Euro 2020 in parts, earning high praise for his individual heroics, while Olsen has also drawn acclaim from Italian goalkeeping great Walter Zenga.
The Inter Milan legend is a huge admirer, branding him ‘amazing’ in an interview with the Athletic last year.
Much will depend on his valuation, though, with West Ham apparently prioritising other positions in the shape of a permanent deal for Jesse Lingard, new centre-back and star striker (Claret & Hugh).
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