By Matt Bullin
West Ham ace Darren Randolph is eyeing a move away from the east London club this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims the 30-year-old goalkeeper is “considering his future” with the Hammers following Joe Hart’s arrival from Manchester City on a season-long loan.
It is said Randolph is desperate to be a first team regular in the 2017-18 campaign in order to nail down a spot in the Republic of Ireland’s 2018 World Cup squad.
The report states that the 30-year-old is currently Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil’s first choice shot-stopper, but the player feels a lack of playing time in the upcoming season could see him fall down the pecking order.
The Mail claim Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is keen to make Randolph his number one next term, and the club enquired over the players availability even before Hart joined the Hammers.
This comes after Bleacher Report correspondent Dean Jones claimed the east Londoners rejected a £3.5million bid from Boro for the 22-time Republic of Ireland international.
Football Insider verdict
If Randolph does truly want to continue as his nation’s first choice goalkeeper he must push for a move away from West Ham this summer. He and Adrian fought it out between the sticks last term, and following Hart’s arrival his opportunities at the club will be even more limited. However, if the Hammers did turn down a £3.5million bid for him, then it may appear they want him to stay at the club, as it is highly unlikely Boro will up their offer significantly.
In other West Ham news, one of the Hammers’ Premier League rivals is plotting a move for this first-team player.