By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman has failed in his attempts to lure West Ham’s Adrian to Everton after Slaven Bilic confirmed the goalkeeper had signed a new deal, according to a report.
The Sun claim Everton and Crystal Palace were interested in the 30-year-old stopper, but he will now remain at the London Stadium after Bilic revealed an extension had been agreed.
As quoted in The Sun’s report, Hammers boss Bilic told media that a clause in the Spaniard’s contract had been activated, with his previous deal set to expire at the end of June.
“Adrian was out of contract but we have an option on him and we have activated it. We are very happy with him,” Bilic declared.
West Ham’s number 13 is an experienced and proven Premier League player but has struggled this season, with Ireland international Darren Randolph often preferred by Bilic in between the sticks.
The former Real Betis goalkeeper has made just 18 appearances in all competitions, but has started West Ham’s last four games in which he has kept three clean sheets.
The Toffees are likely to bring in a goalkeeper this season with doubts surrounding the displays of Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg’s age and proneness to injury a concern.
But they must now look elsewhere in strengthening their goalkeeper with Adrian to remain in east London ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton can do a lot better than Adrian. The likes of Jordan Pickford and Joe Hart are set to be available this summer, and signing either of those stoppers would prove to be much better signings than bringing Adrian to Goodison Park. Owner Farhad Moshiri is likely to arm Koeman with a sizeable transfer budget this summer, and although either Pickford or Hart would require a transfer fee unlike Adrian, the Toffees would give themselves a much better chance of breaking into the Premier League’s top six with either England goalkeeper at the back. However, if Robles and Stekelenburg are axed this summer, Adrian could prove to be a suitable back-up.