Revealed: Key new development in West Ham bid to sign keeper
West Ham are set to make a decision on Monday on whether to sign Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough, Football Insider understands.
The Republic of Ireland international’s move to the London Stadium has been delayed due to injury fears after a fee was agreed and personal terms were settled earlier this week.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are awaiting the results of Randolph’s second medical and expect to get those on Monday.
The Premier League club will then decide whether to sign the goalkeeper or pull the plug on the deal.
David Moyes’ need for a new keeper has intensified after Lukasz Fabianski broke down last night with a recurrence of the hip injury that kept him out for three months.
Fabianski signalled he had a problem as soon as he took a 13th-minute goal-kick and was replaced shortly afterwards by David Martin as the Hammers succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
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West Ham remain hopeful they can still sign Randolph, but they are cautious over a deal as he has missed the last two months with a thigh injury.
The hierarchy are desperate to avoid a situation in which both of their senior shot-stoppers are carrying serious injuries.
As reported by Football Insider, West Ham have identified Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic as a possible alternative to Randolph.
Calls took place last night over the viability of a deal for the 6ft 5in keeper, who has returned to the Premier League club after spending the first half of the campaign on loan at Azerbaijani side Qarabag.