By Danny Mills

14th Nov, 2019 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills claims West Ham to launch 'Emergency' January transfer raid

Danny Mills claims that West Ham are “certainly” going to look at signing a new goalkeeper in January after the poor form of Roberto this season.

The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he expects the Irons to bring in a new senior shot-stopper to help cover the absence of Lukasz Fabianski, suggesting a potential short-term arrival.

The Polish keeper is out of action until the new year after tearing a muscle in his hip, leaving Roberto to fill the void between the sticks.

However, after a number of poor performances and high-profile errors, including punching the ball into his own net against Burnley, Mills insists the Hammers will be looking for a replacement when the transfer window opens.

Mills told Football Insider: “I think when you listen to all the pundits and all the reports, that is certainly what they will be looking at, an emergency style goalkeeper to come in.

“Even if it’s on a short-term basis until the end of the season, you just need a bit of solidity, a bit of confidence in your goalkeeper, especially as a defender. If not, that runs very, very quickly through the whole defence and causes you all sorts of problems. 

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“It doesn’t help they’re not winning games, they’re not playing well, they’re under pressure, the manager’s under fire and you’ve got a number two goalkeeper who isn’t really performing.” 

Roberto has played eight times across all competitions for the Irons this season but has only kept one clean sheet in the 2-0 League Cup win over Newport County.

He has conceded 12 goals in his six Premier League games, Newcastle and Burnley both managing to fire three past him in the Hammers’ last two games.

In other West Ham news, Football Insider can reveal that a 26-year-old has held showdown talks with Manuel Pellegrini over his future.