By Dominic Toner
It has been confirmed that Darren Randolph has signed a new four-year contract with West Ham.
The Daily Echo reported that the goalkeeper was a potential transfer target for Southampton in this window but he has now committed his future to the Londoners.
The Hammers announced on their website that the Republic of Ireland international has agreed a new four-year deal.
“I’ve had a good first year at West Ham and this is another positive thing to happen to me at the end of a good first season and a good summer with Ireland,” Randolph told West Ham’s website.
“Signing a new contract means I want to stay here for a long time and be part of what is going on with the Club, moving into a new Stadium and a new Training Ground – it’s all very positive and exciting.”
Randolph will now battle with current number one Adrian to clinch a starting place in goal for the Hammers.
The experienced goalkeeper only joined the east London side last summer, and he was limited to just 15 appearances in all competitions last season.
He has previously played for a long list of clubs including his former side Birmingham and Scottish outfit Motherwell.
The 29-year-old started all four of the Republic of Ireland’s matches at this summer’s European Championships after he was called up to Martin O’Neill’s squad.
Slaven Bilic has managed to convince the shot stopper to commit his future to West Ham and could play a pivotal role with the extra European fixtures that they face this year.
The Hammers will also be competing the league and two domestic cups during their first year at the Olympic Stadium, so keeping a large squad will be crucial.
In other West Ham team news, their striker is not on his way out of the club this summer.