Exclusive: West Ham plot swoop to sign Cardiff City player

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

West Ham United are plotting a swoop to sign Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge this summer, Football Insider understands.

Etheridge enjoyed an outstanding season with the Welsh outfit despite their relegation from the Premier League and was widely considered to be one of the best performing keepers in the top flight.

The 29-year-old was an ever-present in his debut season in the Premier League, keeping 10 clean sheets and was rewarded for his fine form by being named Cardiff’s Player of the Year.

Cardiff are bracing themselves for interest in Etheridge in the wake of relegation and a West Ham source has told Football Insider the club are one of several sides understood to be weighing up moves for the Philippines international.

West Ham are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer with Spanish shot-stopper Adrian expected to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next month.

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The Hammers are keen to bring in cover and competition for current No.1 keeper Lukasz Fabianski and have been impressed by Etheridge’s performances for Cardiff.

Etheridge, who joined Cardiff from Walsall in 2017, also fits the bill for West Ham as he would qualify as a homegrown player to boost the club’s quota of homegrown players in the squad.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED the club are plotting a swoop to sign a Norwich City sensation.