La Liga club plots £3m summer swoop for West Ham outcast - report
By Danny Wright
Espanyol are lining up a summer swoop for West Ham’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Adrian, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the La Liga club are plotting a £3million bid to bring the 30-year-old back to Spain.
Adrian has fallen down the pecking order at West Ham and has played second fiddle to Darren Randolph for most of the season.
However the Spanish ‘keeper was back in Slaven Bilc’s starting line-up against Everton on Saturday and he kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in a 0-0 draw.
The Mail reported that the Hammers are also looking to sign 24-year-old Alex Cairns from Fleetwood as back-up to a possible big move for Man City’s Joe Hart in the summer.
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All of which could signal the end to Adrian’s stay at West Ham, despite reports that he signed a one-year extension to his contract in March.
The West Ham outcast has only made 15 appearances across all competitions this season and hadn’t played a Premier League game since November before his recall against Everton.
Randolph made a costly error in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland a week earlier which led to the former Real Betis man’s recall.
The Mirror reports that Adrian has become frustrated by his lack of game time at the London Stadium when last season he played in all but four league matches.
He joined the Hammers from Real Betis in 2013 while Sam Allardyce was manager.
The shot-stopper has made a total of 119 appearances for the Londoners, keeping 31 clean sheets.
Football Insider Verdict
If Bilic doesn’t see a place for Adrian in his first team then he must let him go. And if reports are true that Bilic is looking to Joe Hart and Alex Cairns this summer, it could be the end of the line for Adrian. He’s got the rest of the season to prove himself, after Randolph’s mistakes have seen him relegated to the bench and there is a chance that he could prove himself worth of the year on his contract. However, Hart coming back to the Premier League makes sense and that could dictate Adrian’s future regardless of his displays between the sticks.