By Harvey Byrne
Goalkeeper Darren Randolph has left West Ham for Middlesbrough in a seven-figure deal, it was confirmed on Saturday.
#Boro are delighted to confirm the £5m signing of Darren Randolph! ✍️🔴⚪️
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) July 22, 2017
The experienced Randolph had been a part of the West Ham team for two years after joining in the summer of 2015 from Midlands side Birmingham.
He still had three years remaining on his contract at the club after agreeing a new deal just last summer and in the last campaign he enjoyed a run in the first team, overtaking Adrian between the sticks.
However, with the addition of goalkeeper Joe Hart to the West Ham squad this summer, Randolph has now departed after 48 appearances for the club, which saw him keep 12 clean sheets.
Football Insider verdict:
At this stage of his career Randolph must be seeking regular first team football, which he just wouldn’t be guaranteed with the addition of Hart. Additionally, Randolph has an international career to think about, which has seen him capped 21 times for the Republic of Ireland senior team and he will be keen to ensure he doesn’t fall out of contention for the position between the sticks. Middlesbrough, meanwhile are a side expected to be going for promotion in the next campaign under manager Garry Monk. West Ham have themselves received a good fee from the north east side at £5million and therefore this transfer suits everyone.
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