By Wayne Veysey

25th Apr, 2017 | 3:40pm

Major transfer development as West Ham reportedly eye swoop for 24-year-old

By Harry Sykes

West Ham’s search for a new goalkeeper this summer took a twist on Monday night when Fleetwood announced that Alex Cairns had signed a new contract.

The Mail claimed last weekend that Slaven Bilic’s side were eyeing a move for the 24-year-old, who has excelled for the League One side this season.

But Fleetwood confirmed on their official Twitter account on Monday that Cairns has signed a “long-term contract” with the third-tier outfit.

The emphatic decision appears to have ended the Hammers’ hopes of landing the 24-year-old in the short-term and comes after he cemented his place as the number one for Uwe Rosler’s side since seizing his chance in October.

Cairns, who rose up through the Leeds United academy ranks alongside West Ham full-back Sam Byram, has kept 15 clean sheets this season for Fleetwood as they eye promotion to the Championship.

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Cairns left Elland Road in the summer of 2015 and had short spells at Chesterfield and Rotherham before joining Fleetwood last July.

Football Insider verdict:

There is a strong possibility that Cairns could still leave Fleetwood this summer despite signing a new contract. The League One club have protected their asset by tying him down to fresh terms but it would be naive to assume that is the end of the transfer speculation. West Ham have the money and the prestige to offer Cairns a deal he cannot refuse should them deem him a viable alternative, or even, addition, to current pair Darren Randolph and Adrian, neither of whom have entirely convinced this season. There could still be a few twists and turns for the Elland Road academy product.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are set to push the button on a quick striker transfer after he blew Hammers coaches away.

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