Writing on Twitter, Le10 Sport journalist Hadrien Grenier has relayed a West Ham United transfer update involving Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
The Lowdown: West Ham in goalkeeper hunt…
Despite current number one Lukasz Fabianski recently signing a contract extension at West Ham, manager David Moyes has been tipped to target his eventual successor this window (football.london).
Before the links to Areola, West Ham were eyeing a move for West Bromwich Albion ace Sam Johnstone, but news then emerged of their interest in the Frenchman as Foot Mercato broke news of a possible loan-to-buy deal.
The Latest: Grenier relays Areola update…
Writing on Twitter, Grenier has now relayed a claim from L’Equipe detailing an update on the Hammers’ pursuit of Areola this summer.
It is in fact ‘100% confirmed’ by the big French news outlet that West Ham have in fact entered into discussions for the 28-year-old.
However, while West Ham would like to agree an initial loan with the option to buy, PSG are said to want a straight sale as they look to shift their deadwood.
“It’s 100% CONFIRMED by L’Equipe: West Ham has entered into discussions with PSG for Alphonse Areola,” relayed Grenier on his social media.
“The English club would like a loan with an option to buy when Paris would prefer a sale. Negotiations will continue.”
The Verdict: Priority?
While finding Fabianski’s eventual heir is important, we believe West Ham should be prioritising the signing of a striker – especially given Michail Antonio’s worrying injury record last season.
As well as this, Areola is on a reported £147,000-per-week according to Salary Sport, so the Irons may have some work to do when it comes to agreeing on suitable personal terms.
The new season officially begins a month from now and it’s safe to say GSB still have plenty of work to do in terms of incomings.
In other news: ‘I beg you’, ‘Please sign him’…West Ham fans plead for ‘crazy bargain’ after update, find out more here.
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